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dc.contributor.advisorDouglas Hart.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDefrance de Tersant, Guillaume(Guillaume M.)en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering and Management Program.en_US
dc.contributor.otherSystem Design and Management Program.en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-11T22:17:09Z
dc.date.available2019-10-11T22:17:09Z
dc.date.copyright2019en_US
dc.date.issued2019en_US
dc.date.issued2019en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/122562
dc.descriptionThesis: S.M. in Engineering and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design and Management Program, 2019en_US
dc.descriptionThesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 102-113).en_US
dc.description.abstractGlobal food production faces severe challenges that will test the world's ability to mobilize technology, industry participants, and governments to develop a sustainable response. Feeding a growing population and accommodating for rapidly evolving diets calls for a significant expansion in production. Progress is needed to help produce more with less, limit the environmental impact of chemical inputs, and curb agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. The agricultural workforce is facing increasingly challenging economic conditions, a lackluster generation of new producers, and industrywide labor shortages that threaten the continuity of food production. Innovative systems are crucially needed to boost productivity, while protecting natural resources and sustaining a vital workforce. In the past decade, Agriculture has witnessed the rise of a novel proponent of such systems stemming from an unprecedented wave of investments, innovations, and entrepreneurial ventures, referred to as AgTech for the purpose of this work. The aim of this work is initially to analyze the most pressing challenges faced by global food production, communicate on their magnitude, and highlight opportunities for innovation. In parallel, this work aims to increase awareness on the magnitude of food waste and loss, and present opportunities associated with food waste reduction and prevention. Then, this work will briefly define AgTech, present its benefits, and evaluate its impact on the food production industry. Based on this evaluation, limitations of AgTech will be presented, and industrywide recommendations to enhance its impact will be proposed. Finally, this work will propose a concept to reduce food waste in agricultural production.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Guillaume Defrance de Tersant.en_US
dc.format.extent113 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsMIT theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed, downloaded, or printed from this source but further reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectEngineering and Management Program.en_US
dc.subjectSystem Design and Management Program.en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.titleChallenges facing agriculture : evaluation of the impact of AgTech, recommendations, and opportunity identification in food waste reductionen_US
dc.title.alternativeEvaluation of the impact of AgTech, recommendations, and opportunity identification in food waste reductionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M. in Engineering and Managementen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering and Management Programen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSystem Design and Management Programen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.identifier.oclc1119537176en_US
dc.description.collectionS.M.inEngineeringandManagement Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design and Management Programen_US
dc.description.collectionS.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineeringen_US
dspace.imported2019-10-11T22:17:09Zen_US
mit.thesis.degreeMasteren_US
mit.thesis.departmentSysDesen_US
mit.thesis.departmentMechEen_US


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