Secondary Research on the application of Blockchain in Agriculture

As a follow-up project from the exploratory workshop on the use of the blockchain technology outside the domain of cryptocurrency, this project focused on the idea of its application in the Ghanaian agriculture sector. During the summer break, secondary research was carried out, with the aim of locating and identifying working instances and potential areas of using blockchain systems in agriculture.

The following mind map lays out the structure of the secondary research conducted:

Blockchain in Agriculture

It was discovered that a few start-ups, (FarmShareFilamentSkuchain Provenance) have started to use Blockchain technology to create systems that document the supply chain progress of farm produce.

Given that our goal was to narrow down on locally-beneficial systems, we narrowed our focus on the application of block chain systems in the tracking/management of the various links in the typical Ghanaian agriculture supply chain.

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Our next point of call was to identify the stakeholders that determined the nature of the supply chain flow in the local industry.

Blockchain in Agriculture (5)

From an understanding of the players involved, we attempted to create an extensive relationship map/ flowchart of our assumptions of how the supply chain system typically works for farm produce in major communities in ghana.

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Next Steps:

  • the assumed supply chain process needs to be validated and tested
  • a problem statement/ challenge needs to be identified and analysed to determine whether block chain solutions is essential or not in improving or developing and advanced supply chain system
  • a system needs to be explored or created which effectively brings an improvement in the flow of information or produce in the supply chain
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Blockchain (beyond Bitcoin): Research Workshop

A blockchain – originally block chain – is a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered records called blocks. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to a previous block. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data — once recorded, the data in a block cannot be altered retroactively. Read more.

In Ghana, blockchain is being used by Benben, a lands services company in Ghana. This session will explore the user of block chain in industries other than in digital currency.

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This research workshop brought together faculty and students curious about blockchain technology and the potential of using this technology in creating innovative business solutions.

Idea areas identified for the application of blockchain in Ghana  after the research workshop included:

  • Public sector – Government contracts and tenders
  • Elections – national, institutional
  • Music purchase and copyright
  • Transportation management
  • Counterfeit Food certification – Food and Drugs Board, Ghana

 

Lead –        Carl Yao Agbenyega