Cooperation, efficiency, transparency and trust are increasingly important for agrifood chains. The information flows generated by companies in agrifood chains are crucial for the functioning of these chains. This information on products and processes in the supply chain is also a source for consumer trust. One of the major problems in agrifood chains is to obtain and share reliable, accurate and relevant information. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) carries out research on how to optimally use data and models with suitable information technologies for supporting decision making and the automation of business processes in agrifood.

Introduction to Blockchain

A technology that can deliver part of the solution is the blockchain. Blockchain was first known as the technology behind the cryptocurrency Bitcoin and has since reached a hype status on its own due to the promises it holds. It is said that blockchain can fundamentally change the way we organise financial and other transactions by establishing a shared layer of ‘truth’. As such it can remove the need for intermediary parties (or ‘trusted third parties’). Essentially a distributed database secured by cryptographic algorithms, blockchain supports a robust information system that removes the risk of ‘single point of failure’ and ensures the integrity of information.

Blockchain sessions

The blockchain sessions start with a short introduction by Jan Top and Ad Kroft, afterwhich the interactive sessions take place. Get inspired by the possibilities of these technologies within your organization and work field. What will the future look like?

Note: Round 1, 2 and 3 consist of the same sessions. During the round, you can opt for two of the three interactive sessions below.

Session 1: Getting to know the technology
Introduction by a scientist
Followed by an interactive discussion and play

Session 2: Opportunities with technology
Pitch by a tech start-up
Followed by an interactive discussion

Session 3: Experiences with technology
Pitch by tech company
Followed by an interactive discussion