Blockchain technology to stop counterfeits, fakes – Ndemo


Imagine being able to track down where the fish you just caught at lunch was caught. Whether it's organic or not and how long it has been on the market before landing on your plate.

This is exactly what the Kenya Task Force on Blockchain Technology wants to achieve by the end of the year according to its president Bitange Ndemo.

"Thanks to Blockchain technology, you will be able to scan the product's Quick Response code and know everything about what you bought through your smartphone," Ndemo said in an interview with the Star.

Exposing the complete and complete history of food products from farm to table

He said they are working with IBM's global technology company to implement technology in order to improve businesses in the country by optimizing the supply chain.

Blockchain is a digital database that helps identify and track digital transactions and share information across a distributed network of computers.

Because each party keeps track of any changes made to the digital database, it can be tampered with after the information has been sent. The technology will facilitate the tracking of the parties involved in mass production and food distribution


For consumers, the Blockchain offers the transparency and openness needed to reassure them about food that they eat is exactly what the label says.

On the other hand, food producers will be able to immediately identify any attempt to tamper with food while moving through the supply chain and preventing it from reaching the retailer. [19659002] This means that, if implemented, the technology will help mitigate the growing food contamination cases encountered in the last two months.

This includes knowledge of the origin of corn, milk and meat with aflatoxin to say exactly who is behind now famous sugar with mercury and copper.

Retailers at their end will use technology to identify and remove inferior quality items that somehow made their way to reach the shelves thus eliminating the


Director of Crops at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization Lusike Wasilwa has however stated that innovation is useless if there are no data available from used.

"Blockchain will be as good as the information available," Wasilwa said.

Has questioned the absence of data on various food products, pesticides and other chemicals certified by the Kenya Bureau of Standards as suitable for use [19659002] Currently the French chain of supermarkets Carrefour – South Africa is implementing technology on the chicken product on its shelves.

The data chain for the Carrefour test covers the incubator, the manufacturer and the processor that feed the information to the blockchain database which is then passed on to the consumer.

Some of the unique information displayed by the consumer after the scan includes, date of birth of the chicken, the name of his incubator and the date of departure from

Others are his qualities as GMO free, date of departure at the slaughterhouse, place of packaging and labeling, expiry date of the product among others.

Also the realization of a pilot project is the government of Malawi that tries to trace the exact origin of their tea: where and how it was made, and whether the organic soil was used in its plantation.

With these emerging technologies finding their way into the country, Ndemo said the best thing the country can do is be among the first to adopt and take advantage of being the first to solve problems.

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