Project: Blockchain in agriculture and food supply systems

Description: Blockchain is an emerging digital technology allowing ubiquitous financial transactions among distributed untrusted parties, without the need of intermediaries such as banks. The aim of this project is to examine the impact of blockchain technology in agriculture and food supply chain, studying existing ongoing projects and initiatives, understanding overall implications, challenges and potential, with a critical view over the maturity of these projects. Our current findings indicate that blockchain is a promising technology towards a transparent supply chain of food, with many ongoing initiatives in various food products and food-related issues, but many barriers and challenges still exist, which hinder its wider popularity among farmers and systems. These challenges involve technical aspects, education, policies and regulatory frameworks.

Collaboration with: Francesc Prenafeta (IRTA Barcelona, Spain)

Techniques used: Bibliographic analysis, survey.

Started: May 2018

Status: Finished

Publications: Andreas Kamilaris, Agusti Fonts and Francesc X. Prenafeta-Boldú. The Rise of Blockchain Technology in Agriculture and Food Supply Chains. In Trends in Food Science & Technology Journal, vol. 91, no. 1, pp. 640-652, September 2019.