Overall Conference Theme

The theme of the conference will be

‘Sustainability in Africa: Emerging and Future Trends’.

In Africa, and indeed elsewhere, we must develop without depleting natural resources for the future, i.e. a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The 2022 ACOSCM conference relates strongly to the DAAD-sponsored Centre of Excellence “SCO: Sustainable Operations for Resource Management and Food Supply” at the Universities of Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, and thereby sets the overall and important theme of sustainability for the conference.

The 4th ACOSCM complements previous conferences as it addresses relevant issues related to sustainability in its broadest sense. The African sustainability agenda seeks, among other things, a prosperous continent with the means and resources to drive its own resilient and sustainable development that mainstreams economic, social, environmental and political dimensions. The 4th ACOSCM reflects these initiatives by providing a platform for discussion and dissemination of research findings and policy briefs as well as the regulatory environment in which sustainability and management of resources and food supply are developed, implemented and evaluated.

The conference will have five sub-themes and academics, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners are welcome to submit their abstracts, clearly mentioning the sub-theme from thefollowing:

1. Health Operations and Supply Chains
(i) COVID -19 recovery, resilience, and supply chain performance
(ii) Health supply chain sustainability and operations management
(iii) Private sector engagement and public health supply chain sustainability
(iv) Policies/regulations for resilient health supply chain

2. Policies, Laws, Regulations, Governance, and Implementation in Operations and Supply Chains
(i) Politics and policies for sustainability
(ii) Circular economy
(iii) Plastics and waste management
(iv) SDG scorecards: 7 years to go
(v) Operations and supply chains after COP-26
(vi) Renewable energy

3. Agro-Based Supply Chains
(i) Agribusiness and sustainable food systems
(ii) Post-harvest food losses
(iii) Indigenous sustainable practices
(iv) Sustainable food and nutrition security
(v) Processing and value addition

4. Transport, Logistics and Supply Chains
(i) Sustainable logistics and supply chain management practices
(ii) Supply chain resilience
(iii) Supply chain management post COVID-19 pandemic

5. Cross Cutting Issues
(i) Gender and sustainability
(ii) Entrepreneurship and sustainability
(iii) Case studies in sustainability; country, regions, or specific sectors
(iv) Data and innovations;
(v) ICT and digital solutions and resource management
(vi) Integrating sustainability in the Logistics Supply Chain Management