The United Nations is expanding its blockchain testing from refugee aid in the Middle East to Africa’s supply chain management, through its World Food Program (WFP).
‘Building Blocks’, a project that represents the agency’s well-publicized pilot of an Ethereum-based system for cash transfers in Jordanian refugee camps- now has plans to test blockchain for tracking food deliveries in East Africa- stated Robert Opp, WFP’s director of innovation and change.
The new project will specifically monitor the movement of food from Djibouti, where WFP receives shipments, to Ethiopia where its food operations are located.
“Can we increase efficiency by knowing in real time where the food is to be able to demonstrate the food’s origin in shipment points to have this traceability record?”, is a question that the pilot will seek to answer, as stated by Opp.
WFP also plans to have a separate initiative to educate Syrian refugee women in Jordan, in terms of managing their personal data and controlling third-party access to it on a Blockchain system.
The project currently runs on a private version of the Parity Ethereum client with a proof-of-authority (PoA) consensus algorithm. If transaction speed issues get resolved, Opp said that there might be a possibility of switching to a public network in the future.
The WFP’s current system, according to Opp, has sufficient speed and can successfully deal with a 10-fold increase in volume.
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