Vietnam: Dragon Fruit Export

Project Overview

Ethitrade developed and deployed a blockchain based food provenance platform to track Vietnamese dragon fruit through the supply chain, from farm to plate.

Details

Overview
The Challenge

Consumers are increasingly demanding more information and seeking assurances that the food they consume is safe and ethically produced. Many emerging economy micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) struggle to provide this level of information in a provably authentic way.

The Solution

Partnering with The Asia Foundation and DFAT, Ethitrade have developed a blockchain-based food provenance platform. This platform is now being piloted with dragon fruit supply chain participants in Vietnam.

Farmers, traders and exporters are using a simple mobile interface to enter transactions and upload certifications with data then recorded on the blockchain. Consumers in Australia will be able to scan a QR code to view the journey of that piece of fruit through the supply chain.

By digitally tracking produce from farm to plate, the Ethitrade platform provides consumers full access to relevant information and allows supply chain participants greater insight into their business performance

Through such projects, Ethitrade is working to digitally uplift emerging economy MSMEs with a focus on identity, provenance and access to markets.

Background

Globally, there is a growing demand for accurate information on products as products move from point of origin to point of consumption. People are beginning to ask where their goods come from and who made them, and anything less than 100% of expectations met may result in an outrage on social media and have negative impact on the business.[1] In a recent survey, 68 percent of consumers in the U.S. said they do not have enough information about what is in their food and its origins. More than 90 percent of consumers reported it is somewhat to very important to know where their food is coming from. Similarly, in Vietnam there is a dire need for exact information related to food origins in addition to official rhetoric and proliferation of consumer complaints on which to base the trust relationship between businesses and consumers. Trust and lack of transparency are issues that are common in many industries in the face of increasing demand by consumers for improved and more trustworthy information.

Agriculture is a $15 billion USD export industry for Vietnam, and dragon fruit is one of Vietnam’s key export fruits with export sales worth US$ 895.7 million in 2016.

To support local agricultural producers in Vietnam’s dragon fruit sector, The Asia Foundation (TAF) engaged Ethitrade to establish a blockchain-based identity and proof-of-provenance platform that will enhance Vietnam’s brand in relation to dragon fruit, empower micro, small, and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs), as well as provide consumers with valuable information from point of origin to point of consumption including information related to food safety. Blockchain based technology developed for dragon fruit under this project has the ability to create trust, transparency and empower digital compliance and it can be easily replicated to other agro-products.

 

[1] Forbes, Consumers Demand More Visibility Into The Supply Chain – https://www.forbes.com/sites/jwebb/2015/10/26/consumers-demand-more-visibility-into-the-supply-chain/#90d8b025b703

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