UN Food Program to Expand Blockchain Testing to African Supply Chain


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is expanding its blockchain testing from refugee aid in the Middle East to supply chain management in Africa.

Following the agency’s well-publicized pilot of an ethereum-based system for cash transfers in Jordanian refugee camps – a project known as Building Blocks – it now plans to test blockchain for the tracking of food delivery in East Africa, Robert Opp, the WFP’s director of innovation and change, told CoinDesk.

Specifically, the new project will monitor the movement of food from Djibouti’s port, where the WFP receives shipments, to Ethiopia, where much of its food operations are located.

Opp said the pilot will seek to answer the question:

“Can we increase efficiency by knowing in real time where the food is, be able to demonstrate…

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