DIGITAL INNOVATION DIALOGUE: Session 7 Blockchain for Sustainability in Agriculture

Sheikh Zayed Centre (FAO Headquarters)
 Rome time

Blockchain-based solutions to existing challenges are being piloted in many sectors and this technology is finding innovative uses in a wide range of applications.


In agriculture, pilots are already being implemented in supply chains, land registrations and to provide digital identities for farmers. For sustainable agriculture development, Blockchain technology holds the potential to positively address key challenges such as deforestation, value distribution and traceability, food safety and production as well as child labor. Blockchain promises traceability, transparency, security, immutability, decentralization and disintermediation.

This Digital Innovation Dialogue will address the opportunities and challenges of using blockchain-based systems in agriculture, focusing the discussion around the following key questions:

  • What challenges in agriculture would benefit from a blockchain-based solution?
  • What are the pros and cons in agriculture of using a public blockchain vs a private blockchain?
  • Which processes in agriculture are suffering from a lack of transparency and would benefit from decentralization?
  • How are the successful use cases addressing broader issues such as regulatory requirements, stakeholders, legal frameworks, interoperability with existing systems, scale, etc.?
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