In the summer of 2017 Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt started a movement in the Netherlands around blockchain for food. During the first Big Data Convention in Cali Colombia in September 2017, the Community of Practice on Socio-economic Data started a working group on this topic focused on low and middle-income countries known as The Blockchain Coalition. The collaboration between the Fork and CGIAR has further strengthened over the recent years with the Strike Two Summit events organized by the Fork in which the CGIAR Platform for Big data in Agriculture sits on the governing bodies. In the past years (2017-2019), The Blockchain Coalition has undertaken a number of efforts to identify and develop proofs of concepts and pilots for the use of digital trust and transparency technologies of which blockchain technology is a key component. Therefore the current report is timely to set the scene and provide insights into a specific use case.
Archives: Use cases
Many of us agree that we need to transform our food system to be more transparent, circular and sustainable. The Strike Two Summit addresses crucial issues facing our food supply chain. Transformation is accelerated as we explore new technologies.
The summit is highlighted with ‘track’ themes that range from blockchain solutions that make farm buyouts possible, to building consumer trust and safety with fraud-free digital food twins.
The Strike Two Summit connects the coalition of the willing.
The increasing buzz on blockchain technology has, in recent times, drawn attention to its application within the agriculture sector. The technology can be leveraged upon to improve agriculture efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, including intra-ACP business transactions and transactions between ACP and international business stakeholders.
Supporting small-scale farmers and small cooperatives is currently by far the best way to improve efficiency in developing countries. There are several initiatives pursuing this path, three of which stand out in particular. AgriLedger describes itself as ‘a Mobile App that records and transacts incorruptible truth using blockchain technology’. It uses distributed cryptoledger and mobile apps to create a circle of trust for small farmer cooperatives in Africa.
Binkabi is a platform for the issuing, trading and financing of commodities on the blockchain. CEO and founder, Quan Le, spoke to the CTA team to explain the ins and outs of the application and provide advice for those interested in taking up blockchain technology.