Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Opportunities of blockchain for agriculture

15 May 2019. Brussels. Opportunities of blockchain for agriculture organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat, Concord and BMZ.

While blockchain solutions in production are still relatively limited globally, it’s clear that there’s greater interest in—and a better understanding of—blockchain and its benefits. Multiple proofs of concepts are completed already or are in progress, and some solutions are already in or close to production release. Companies and other organizations are putting more effort into development of the technology every day, and governments have started to take adoption seriously. In addition to the progressive adoption of blockchain by enterprises, efforts to standardize blockchain platforms are happening.


Background Note and Programme

Panel 1: Blockchain technology in support of the agrifood sector 
This panel provided an overview of the opportunities and challenges in adopting the blockchain technology in agriculture and the agrifood industry across several sectors. 
  • Overview of blockchain opportunities and challenges of relevance to agriculture Mischa Tripoli, Economist, Trade and Markets Division, FAO 
  • Key areas of interest of blockchain applications for ACP countries Chris Addison, Senior Expert, Data4Ag, CTA 
  • Blockchain supporting food systems: private sector perspective Louis de Bruin, Blockchain Thought Leader Europe, IBM Global Business Services 
  • Blockchain legislation: the case of Uganda Alice Namuli Blazevic, Expert Blockchain and AI, KATS, Uganda 
  • Critical views on blockchain development: control and sovereignty Pat Roy Mooney, Founder, ETC Group 
Panel 2: Best practices in blockchain technology adoption 
This panel looked at specific examples of successful applications of the blockchain technology of interest to the ACP countries
  • Potential and successes of Blockchain for the agribusiness industry Anthi Tsilimeni-Archangelidi, Business Analyst, EMEA Business Applications, Cargill 
  • Opportunities of blockchain for famers in Africa Theo De Jager, President, World Farmer’s Organisation (WFO) 
  • Increasing price transparency through blockchain in the coffee chain in Ethiopia Sander Govers, Moyee Coffee “FairChain”, Ethiopia 
  • IBISA: Inclusive Blockchain Insurance using Space Assets Annette Houtekamer, Expert in Inclusive Insurance, Ibisa 
  • Blockchain applications in food safety Árokszállási Erik, CEO, TE-FOOD International

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