This paper presents a bi-level robust optimization model, where a food company maximizes its profit and minimizes post-harvest loss by optimally deploying grain processing/storage facilities and determining grain purchase price, while a group of spatially distributed non-cooperative farmers determine harvest time, shipment, storage, and market decisions under yield uncertainty and market equilibrium. The non-cooperative behavior of the food company and the farmers is represented by a bi-level Stackelberg leader follower's game model with mixed-integer decision variables. The proposed model and solution approach are applied to case studies for Illinois and Brazil.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Transportation Research, Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2016|