Equitable access to safe and nutritious food is a basic societal need that impacts the health, livelihood and wellness of all humans. The ability to provide and sustain such access has become a major concern and a challenge for many countries around the world. The Food Supply Chain Analytics and Sensing (FSAS) Initiative is creating predictive analytical tools and technologies to improve the design and management of safe and reliable food supply chains that are accessible and sustainable.

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to FSAS faculty Retsef Levi and Yanchong Zheng and their colleagues on winning first prize in the 2023 Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Journal (M&SOM) practice-based research competition for their paper "Improving Farmers’ Income on Online Agri-platforms: Evidence from the Field"

"Leveraging Machine Learning to Assess Market-level Food Safety and Zoonotic Disease Risks in China."

Gao, Qihua, Retsef Levi, and Nicholas Renegar. Scientific Reports Vol. 12, (2022): 1650.

Faculty: Retsef Levi
"​Public Health Risks Arising from Food Supply Chains: Challenges and Opportunities."

Chen, Lu, Donovan Guttieres, Retsef Levi, Elisabeth Paulson, Georgia Perakis, Nicholas Renegar, and Stacy Springs. Naval Research Logistics Vol. 68, No. 8 (2021): 1098-1112.

"Optimal Interventions for Increasing Healthy Food Consumption Among Low Income Households."

Levi, Retsef, Elisabeth Paulson, and Georgia Perakis (Submitted to Management Science, revision requested), Working Paper. July 2022.

"Improving Farmers’ Income on Online Agri-platforms: Evidence from the Field."

Levi, Retsef, Manoj Rajan, Somya Singhvi, and Y. Karen Zheng, MIT Sloan Working Paper 5863-19. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, September 2022.

"The Chinese Communist Party and Regulatory Transparency in China’s Food Industry."

Gao, Qihua, Yasheng Huang, Yuze Sui, and Y. Karen Zheng. PNAS Nexus. Forthcoming.

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