By Ken Cottrill, Co-Founder and Research Principal
If knowledge is power, a blockchain system is a power grid that distributes knowledge to users. That knowledge can be leveraged to make supply chains more transparent.
As we describe in the Chain Business Insights eBook Blockchain in Smallholder Farming: Sowing the Seeds of Growth Blockchain in Smallholder Farming, transparency is a vital commodity in smallholder farming communities where growers have limited access to the global supply chains that deliver their crops to market. Blockchain can bring newfound visibility to these supply chains.
Visibility is what BlocRice aims to achieve in the organic rice supply chain. In addition to providing an insightful use case for blockchain in smallholder farming, BlocRice illustrates the multiple benefits that transparency can bestow on supply chains.
These benefits were described recently by Rogier Verschoor, a private sector advisor at poverty relief organization Oxfam and Joost Schuttelaar at Dutch consulting firm Schuttelaar & Partners. They talked about the application at a meeting of the food blockchain technology company The Fork: Blockchain for Food.
The BlocRice blockchain project is a collaboration between Schuttelarr & Partners, Oxfam Novib, rice cracker producer Sano Rice, rice exporter AmruRice and a farmers’ cooperative in the Cambodian village of Reaksmei.