Determinants of framework for assessing the sustainability of food supply chains using fuzzy analytic network process (Case study: Selected meat production companies of Mazandaran)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Prof., Industrial Management, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran

2 MSc. Student, Industrial Management, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran


In order to achieve the research objectives, the determinants of framework for assessing the sustainability of food supply chains, literature reviewed and then sustainability assessment framework of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) introduced as a research basic model. Localization and verification of research criteria by using the Delphi technique and calculation the importance degree of the criteria by applying fuzzy ANP were done. To do so, the opinions of 12 experts, including 5 academic experts in the field of sustainable development and 7 experts from Meat Production Companies of Kalleh Amol, Zarbal and Production and packaging of Toyur Filleh was used. Research findings showed that Physical, psychological, social employees and greenhouse gas emissions by weight of (0.0787) and (0.0632) are the most important criteria in order to achieve the sustainable supply chain. Also, Among the Sub-criteria of governance and economic dimensions, respectively, certified production and food safety from the perspective of experts have earned the highest degree of importance. This framework can be used to evaluate the different parts of the food supply chain and assess their sustainability.


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