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New Editor’s Cut focuses on feeding the world through analytics

As the world’s population continues to grow, the role of analytics and O.R. in developing effective new approaches to food production is becoming increasingly important. From more efficient distribution of water resources, to better management of meat and dairy production, to smarter crop cultivation, analytics is having a significant impact in the fight against global hunger.

The latest installment in the INFORMS Editor’s Cut series, “Feeding the World through Analytics,” highlights a wide range of content cultivated from INFORMS resources, including its journals and member magazines, as well as video of INFORMS award winners. This content serves as an excellent resource for researchers, students and industry.

Robin Lougee, global research industry lead of Consumer Products & Agriculture with the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, and Saurabh Bansal, assistant professor of Supply Chain Management with the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University, serve as the volume editors for the latest Editor’s Cut, which is available at http://pubsonline.informs.org/editorscut/agribusiness.

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