Partners sought for Research into the effects of COVID-19 on the food chain

The crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has a large impact on many supply chains. The impact on the food supply chain in particular is important because it goes to the heart of our basic human needs. We see changes taking place in the areas of supply and demand, needs and delivery of products. Since the overall expectation is that such pandemics will occur more often in future, now in particular it is important to learn from practical examples in the food supply chain and to clarify how problems in matching demand and supply can be avoided. The Operations Research and Logistics Group at Wageningen University & Research has been granted permission by TKI-Dinalog ( to carry out research into changes in the food supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our approach

The coming period, the Operations, Research & Logistics department at Wageningen University & Research will carry out research into the changes in the structures of the food supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The emphasis will be on dependencies, vulnerabilities and strategies to reduce risks or to avoid them. A medium-term outlook on the potential effects on the supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will also be included. A white paper is expected to be delivered by the end of 2020.

Will you participate?

Are you open to a collective challenge? Do you like to learn from new implementation-oriented but also scientifically sound insights and learning experiences from other organisations? Then we heartily invite you to participate in this research. We started at the beginning of June with interviews and data collection, so now is a good moment to join. If you join, you will also receive an invitation for the workshop that will be organised in the last quarter of this year and you will gain access to the project results before the presentation of the white paper. The Operations, Research & Logistics group is therefore looking for organizations that want to participate in the research and share their experiences with managing the supply chain during the corona crisis.

Why participate in this research?

  1. The subject is comprehensively covered across the whole food chain.
  2. Content-based networking: direct access to knowledge and experiences of cooperation partners.
  3. More results from your investments by joining forces.
  4. Priority access to the latest insights.