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Sustainable Optimization of Food Networks in Disenfranchised Communities

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Chemical Engineering Department, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Av. Francisco J. Mujica, S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, Edificio V1, Morelia, Michoacán 58060, México
Institute for Chemical and Biological Researches, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Av. Francisco J. Mujica S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, Edificio B1, Morelia, Michoacán 58060, México
§ Chemical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, 0386 Spence Street, College Station, Texas 77843, United States
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80204, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
*José M. Ponce-Ortega. Tel.: +52 443 3223500. Ext. 1277. Fax: +52 443 3273584. E-mail: [email protected]
Cite this: ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2017, 5, 10, 8895–8907
Publication Date (Web):August 16, 2017
https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b01703
Copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society

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    With the growing concerns about food security around the world, there is a need to develop sustainable strategies and proactive measures especially in developing countries with disenfranchised communities. These strategies must account for the specific nature and resources of each community and should be integrated with the need for economic growth. This work presents a conceptual framework and a mathematical programming model for the strategic planning of a sustainable food assistance program to satisfy the nutritional needs of disenfranchised communities while taking into account the objective of economic growth and the constraints of local resources. A case study from Mexico is presented as an example of applying the proposed approach. Fourteen municipalities with the lowest human development index are considered. The results show that it is possible to satisfy the nutritional needs while simultaneously improving the local economy of these disenfranchised communities.

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