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Jan 23

CTA Webinar: Unlocking the potential of blockchain for agriculture

CTA Webinar: Unlocking the potential of blockchain for agriculture

Event Overview

Blockchain has the potential to provide answers to a number of issues in agriculture, from farmer IDs to smart contracts, from traceability and improving certification, digital payments, insurance, consumer feedback and improved logistics. For example, to improve traceability in agriculture value chains, a decentralised ledger can help to connect inputs, suppliers, producers and buyers. 

Blockchain and open data share similar principles such as the promotion of transparency, equality in information knowledge and access, as well as the reorganisation of data exchange between a number of parties. Blockchain can be very useful to help overcome organisational and technological boundaries between entities that want to automate the exchange of data. It provides strong data security and is highly resilient against cyber-attacks. Both these qualities are desirable in open data platforms because they build a foundation of trust in the data.

In this webinar, Chris Addison, Senior Programme Coordinator, CTA, and Jaclyn Bolt, Business Innovator, Wageningen University & Research, give an overview of blockchain and introduce the possible areas of impact for agriculture, with example cases. The webinar also highlights capacities which people working with data need, to engage with blockchain. 

N.B. Blockchain can be a difficult concept to grasp in a short presentation, therefore for a better experience, we recommend you get a basic understanding of how blockchain technologies work, prior. Here is a good video which explains the concept at various levels: Blockchain Expert Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty.



  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.


    GODAN supports the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. It is a rapidly growing group, currently with over 282 partners from national governments, non-governmental, international and private sector organisations that have committed to a joint Statement of Purpose. The initiative focuses on building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and business. GODAN promotes collaboration to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to solve long-standing problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. We encourage collaboration and cooperation between stakeholders in the sector.

  • WUR

    Wageningen University is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. We do so by working closely together with governments and the business community. Wageningen UR is a partnership between Wageningen University and DLO consisting of 10 specialised research institutes. Many of our web pages list the contact persons for the related topics.