The latest Brussels Development Briefing n. 55 on Opportunities of blockchain for agriculture organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat, Concord and BMZ was held on 15th May 2019 (9h00-13h00) at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C. It provided an overview of the opportunities and challenges in adopting the blockchain technology in agriculture and the agrifood industry across several sectors and will look at best practices and successful applications of the blockchain technology of interest to the ACP countries.

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PROGRAMME

8h15-9h00 Registration

9h00-9h15 Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

Introductory remarks: Patrick Gomes, Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat ; Wim Olthof, Deputy Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission; Andreas Pletziger, Senior Policy Officer, BMZ ; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA

9h15-11h00 Panel 1: Blockchain technology in support of the agrifood sector

This panel will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges in adopting the blockchain technology in agriculture and the agrifood industry across several sectors.

Chair: H.E. Prof. Kaire Mbuende, Chair of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors, Ambassador of Namibia to the EU 

Panellists:

– Opportunities and challenges for blockchain in the agri-food industry
Mischa Tripoli, Economist, Trade and Markets Division, FAO [presentation|video]

– Blockchain applications for ACP sustainable agriculture
Chris Addison, Senior Expert, Data4Ag, CTA [presentation|video]

– Blockchain supporting food systems: private sector perspective
Louis de Bruin, Blockchain Thought Leader Europe, IBM Global Business Services [presentation|video]

– Blockchain legislation: the case of Uganda
Alice Namuli Blazevic, Expert Blockchain and AI, KATS, Uganda [presentation|video]

– Critical views on blockchain development: control and sovereignty
Pat Roy Mooney, Founder, ETC Group 

11h00-11h15 Coffee Break

11h15-13h00 Panel 2: Best practices in blockchain technology adoption

This panel will look at specific examples of successful applications of the blockchain technology of interest to the ACP countries.

Chair: H.E. Mrs. Sheila Sealy Monteith, Ambassador of Jamaica to the EU 

Panellists:

– Potential and successes of Blockchain for the agribusiness industry
Anthi Tsilimeni-Archangelidi, Business Analyst, EMEA Business Applications, Cargill [presentation|video]

– Opportunities of blockchain for famers in Africa
Theo de Jager, President, World Farmer’s Organisation (WFO) [presentation|video]

– Increasing price transparency through blockchain in the coffee chain in Ethiopia
Sander Govers, Moyee Coffee “FairChain”, Ethiopia [presentation|video]

– IBISA: Inclusive Blockchain Insurance using Space Assets
Annette Houtekamer, Expert in Inclusive Insurance, Ibisa [presentation|video]

– Blockchain applications in food safety
Erik Árokszállási, CEO, TE-FOOD International [presentation|video]

Concluding remarks 

13h00 Networking Lunch

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