UNDP India, Spices Board India ink MoU for blockchain-powered system

UNDP India has independently secured assist from The Cabinet Office of Japan for this initiative below the Japan SDGs Innovation Challenge

UNDP India’s Accelerator Lab on Monday stated it has signed an settlement with the Spices Board India to construct a blockchain-based traceability interface for Indian spices to boost transparency in buying and selling. Under this Memorandum of Understanding, UNDP and Spices Board India are working in the direction of integrating the Blockchain Traceability Interface with e-Spice Bazaar portal developed by Spices Board India for connecting spices farmers with markets, in accordance with an announcement.

The design of the blockchain interface is predicted to be accomplished by May 2021, and the undertaking shall be piloted with over 3,000 farmers engaged in chilli farming in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, it said. UNDP India has independently secured assist from The Cabinet Office of Japan for this initiative below the Japan SDGs Innovation Challenge, the assertion stated. Blockchain is a decentralised means of recording transactions on an open and shared digital ledger.

This permits for ease and transparency in knowledge administration throughout a posh community, together with farmers, brokers, distributors, processors, retailers, regulators, and shoppers, thus simplifying the availability chain. This blockchain powered platform for Indian spices will improve the standard assurance of agricultural export commodities. It may even permit farmers simply as all different members of the availability chain to entry the data, which additional makes the whole provide chain extra environment friendly and equitable.

“We are confident that the blockchain interface will help connect these farmers with international markets and add to their income. The technology can also help in rebuilding pandemic affected supply chains by providing trading partners and consumers with trusted and secured data on goods and transactions,” UNDP India Resident Representative Shoko Noda stated.

Spices Board India secretary D Sathiyan stated the altering order within the world spices and meals sector has elevated the relevance of infrastructure improvement for worth addition, certification for high quality and meals security, promotion of spices highlighting the immunity boosting properties, amongst others and the Board has been working in the direction of strengthening the Spices worth chain in India.

“This UNDP-Spices Board joint initiative to build a blockchain-powered traceability interface for Indian spices is another significant milestone in our journey to make the spices value chain efficient, transparent and equitable for all stakeholders. We plan to integrate this blockchain based traceability interface with the e-spice bazaar portal already developed by the Board,” he added.

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