Blockchain food system traceability

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 18 May 2023 08:04

Description of the innovative solution

Big data Information/communication Online services Traceability Food safety Regulatory protection Trade policy Monitoring/Surveillance Nutritional guideline Supply-chain management Retail promotion Accountability mechanism

Lack of transparency in the food supply chain is an issue when trying to identify and trace causes for foodborne diseases and adulterations. A solution is needed for all value chain actors to share reliable data. Blockchain holds the potential to alter modern food systems for the better by enabling storage and distribution of transactional information in a decentralized, tamperproof database. The technology behind blockchain is an automated and decentralized digital record keeping system. Upon each transaction, a timestamped and non-alterable record, or “block”, is created and distributed throughout an open network, which provides transparent insights into all previous data points associated with the transaction. Blockchain technology on a mobile phone platform has the potential to connect small farmers to international value chains and markets. Blockchain applications can provide insights to food supply and demand and can help identify inefficiencies and non-value adding activities, food loss and facilitate fairer pricing mechanisms.

Supply chain segment

Wholesale, markets and retail

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Food safety Water use Reducing biodiversity loss Reducing pollution

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 4: Quality Education


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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Blockchain Technology for Agriculture: Applications and Rationale
Scientific paper
This article examines the applications of blockchain technology in food supply chains, agricultural insurance, smart farming, transactions of agricultural products for both theoretical and practical perspectives.
Traceability in Agri Value Chain
Business case
Smart Contracts built over Hyper Ledger Fabric, G&G's UPAJGURU applies AI, Image Procesing & IOTs for integrated AgiValue Chain Platform.
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