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The blockchain: opportunities and challenges for agriculture.

Nathalie Toulon from the AgroTIC Digital Agriculture Chair in France discusses the many ways in which the blockchain can potentially change agriculture, for example by enhancing trust, transparency and efficiency, and several pitfalls to take into account.

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Eliminating the trust factor.

Henk van Cann explains why it is important to educate people in the use of the blockchain before they start using it and judging it, and why trust is one of the key drivers for moving away from centralised systems and towards blockchain technology.

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Transforming subsistence farmers into market-connected entrepreneurs.

Farmshine is attempting to rebuild the value chain infrastructure in East Africa. The startup connects actors in the value chain on a fully transparent blockchain platform, providing them with a digital identity and fully traceable record of transactions.

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Building lives with dignity.

Choco4Peace experience builds a network based on blockchain technology in the cocoa sector in Colombia. The main aim is to get smallholders out of both cocaine production and poverty through access to finance.

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BreadTrail: from farm to fork

BreadTrail is an app that makes introducing reliable and incorruptible traceability to the supply chain secure and scalable while providing benefits to everyone involved from farmer to customer.

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Cryptocurrency: more education, less hype.

John Weru talked about the rise of cryptocurrency, the potential of the blockchain to improve efficiency in the agricultural value chain in Africa, and the urgent need to educate people about the technology itself and the economy that it is creating.

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