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Digital Ag Series: Blockchain as a Solution to make Sensitive Food Supply & Value Chains Resilient and Transparent - The Open + Public Approach

"A lack of understanding of private vs. public, and open vs. closed blockchains leads some organizations to choose private blockchain solutions, missing out on the rich possibilities a public blockchain solution offers"

There is no “one-size-fits-all” in technology. A lack of understanding of private vs. public, and open vs. closed blockchains leads some organizations to choose private blockchain solutions, missing out on the rich possibilities a public blockchain solution offers. Public blockchain solutions, generally speaking, have better interoperability, data integrity, and decentralized governance, making them the best-suited instrument for collaboration across company and country boundaries. It’s time for organizations to step over the fear of public blockchain and start implementing these solutions. Government has a role to play here because it can foster an environment of innovation and co-creation, supported by the implementation of policies and standards designed to accelerate cooperation. Let's deep dive into the possibilities of open public blockchains in agrifood by exploring how blockchain can help the adoption of biofortified seeds in Nigeria. How can blockchain be a trusted source in verification claims? 
In this webinar, the speaker presents the role government may play because it can foster an environment of innovation and co-creation, supported by the implementation of policies and standards designed to accelerate cooperation.
To know more, have a look at these publications by the CGIAR Research Center.

Blockchain for food: Making sense of technology and the impact on biofortified seeds
Can Blockchain Bolster Biofortification Value Chains?

About the Presenters

Julian Lampietti

Global Engagement Manager, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, The World Bank

Julian Lampietti is the Manager for Global Engagement in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice. His responsibilities include strategic planning, donor outreach, and oversight for global knowledge and advisory programs. Previously, he managed the Agriculture and Food program in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Julian used to be based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and he has published books and journal articles on a broad range of topics including poverty, economics, agriculture, food security, logistics, and energy. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Natural Resources Economics from Duke University.

Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt

Founder of The New Fork, Amsterdam
Tanzanian-born Marieke is the founder of The New Fork, a blockchain company based in Amsterdam. Marieke’s fascination for agrifood started during her travel to Africa at the age of 17. She began her career with computer science at Wageningen University and worked on farm data for over 20 years, covering more than 50 countries. She returned to Wageningen University to fulfill several management positions on impact evaluation, became the director of a software company that digitizes compliance processes, and founded The New Fork in 2017. The New Fork builds new technologies for agrifood supply chains specialized in blockchain.

Jenny Walton

Food partnerships & commercialisation, HarvestPlus
Based with the HarvestPlus global team, Jenny’s role at HarvestPlus is to establish ways to scale up the use and reach of biofortified foods via partnerships across the value chain. Working with the public and private sector her objective is to find the incentives to commercialise biofortification and work in partnership to overcome the barriers to scale. Jenny is a registered nutritionist with 20 years’ experience working in the food industry for well-known brands such as the Co-op, Danone, United Biscuits and Kellogg’s. She has worked in various nutrition related roles including food policy, nutrition science, food regulations, nutrition communications and marketing.

Sophia Gnych

Senior Programme Officer, OECD Seed Schemes
Sophia Gnych joined the Trade and Agriculture Directorate of the OECD in 2018 and supports the management and implementation of the Agricultural Codes and Schemes Unit. Prior to joining the OECD, Sophia worked for International Finance Corporation in Indonesia and the CGIAR, conducting research on the environmental and social impacts associated with the production and trade of agricultural commodities, and supporting development projects to improve access to technology, finance and markets for smallholder farmers. Sophia holds a BSc in Biology and a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Doug Miller

Managing Director, Certification And Technology Services (Administrateur Gestionnaire, Certification Et Services Technology),  Canadian Seed Growers' Association (Association Canadienne Des Producteurs De Semences)

Doug Miller is leading the digital transformation of the Canadian seed industry. As the Managing Director of Certification & Technology Services at the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association, Doug uses technology to challenge the status quo and disrupt traditional business models. Doug has over 12 years of experience in the agriculture industry, in both the private and public sector, and has also launched an Agtech start-up. In 2018, Doug was named one of the Top 20 influencers in the seed industry by Germination Magazine and has recently completed his MBA on the incorporation of blockchain technology within the seed industry.

Marie Agnes Jouanjean

Agriculture Economist, Data-driven and Digital Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank

Marie-Agnès Jouanjean is an Economist with the Agriculture and Food Global Practice at the World Bank. She focuses on data-driven and digital agriculture, exploring how digital technologies can support the transformation of agri-food systems in developing countries, and the role of governments to maximize efficiency, equity and environmental sustainability outcomes. Prior to joining the World Bank, Marie-Agnès worked at the OECD where she developed policy-oriented analysis on various dimensions of digital technologies in agriculture and trade as well as on Global Value Chains (GVCs). She also worked for a Think Tank (Overseas Development Institute (ODI)) and a range of International Organisations on barriers to trade (infrastructure, services, NTMs), regional integration, the economics of resilience, and climate change adaptation. Marie-Agnès holds a Ph.D. in International Economics from Sciences Po Paris, which she did in collaboration with the research center, LICOS, in KULeuven. She also has a degree as an Agronomist (IRC-CNEARC/Montpellier SupAgro and ENSAIA National School of Agronomics and Food Industry).


Questions Submitted

jose luis

- May 31, 2022
muy bueno

Mahaman Mourtala

- Sep 18, 2021


- May 29, 2021

jose luis

- May 8, 2021
La falta de comprensión de las cadenas de bloques privadas frente a las públicas y abiertas frente a las cerradas lleva a algunas organizaciones a elegir soluciones de cadenas de bloques privadas, perdiendo las ricas posibilidades que ofrece una solución pública de cadenas de bloques. Las soluciones públicas de blockchain.


- Jan 12, 2021


- Jan 1, 2021


- Nov 13, 2020

Jared Troy

- Oct 29, 2020
Great topic. Thanks.

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Oct 26, 2020
Great discussion


- Oct 26, 2020
very interesting
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