A critical factor to some of Africa’s biggest development goals lies in agriculture. This is is because to a large extent, Africa is still an agro-economy and the Agricultural sector is an engine of job creation. With about 60 percent of total employment in sub-Saharan Africa allocated to farming. The Agriculture sector is also a driver of inclusive and sustainable development and by 2025 the sector is projected to add more jobs to the African economy. However, Africa’s agriculture sector is facing mounting challenges and the blockchain technology is being used to solve most of these problems.
While Agricultural production rate of the continent has increased, it still lags behind other regions. Considering the rise in population, Africa’s food system will be further strained by a population projection of 1.3 billion by 2050. This will cause a problem for food security which is a challenge as climate change also threatens the sector. Blockchain based agricultural firms such as Agrikore have began creating solutions that suit the African problem. Agrikore is a smart-contracting, digital payments marketplace system focused on providing information, product and a marketplace to stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
Employing the blockchain technology to Africa’s agriculture will boost the sectors and create sustainable development. For instance, BitMari a blockchain startup has set up a platform to launch smart farm contract which will aid agricultural funding in the continent. The firm is developing an application that allows buyers to purchase farming contracts for agricultural projects in Zimbabwe. Thereby creating the needed fund for the sector. Also, in Ethiopia, cryptocurrency startup Cardano signed an MOU with the government to use its developers use its blockchain for the local agriculture industry. Cryptocurrency exchange, Paxful is not left out as the exchange poured bitcoins into the agricultural and educational sector of Rwanda. The blockchain technology is also helping farmers get loan as a crypto startup is bringing cryptocurrencies to the agricultural space, providing 50,000 farmers with loans worth US$10mn. The project which is a collaboration between Block Commodities, Wala, Dala, and FinComEco will develop and operate a variety of platforms, projects and initiatives in the agricultural commodity markets Africa. On the other hand, Kenyan agri-tech startup, Twiga Foods partnered with IBM Research to provide microloans to about 220 food stall retailers across Kenya with the use of a blockchain-based financing system.
All these projects are focused on transforming the actor knowing just how important such a sector is to the economy of the continent. From solutions that can be accessed on the mobile phones to loans, to smart contracts and even down to tracking in the supply chain managements of agricultural products. The blockchain is making a head way in the continent and hopefully the effectiveness of the technology will encourage governments to adopt it.
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POST OAK MOTOR CARS NOW ACCEPT BITCOIN AS PAYMENT FOR THEIR LUXURY CARS
Are you hoping to be among the first crypto Hodlers to get a luxury ride with direct payment in cryptocurrency? If yes, then wait no further as more adoption, even in the automobile sectors of the gobal economy unfolds.
Tilman Fertitta, would be the first business man to sell off exotic cars like Bugatti, Bentley and Rolls-Royce using Bitcoin- the world first ever cryptocurrency.
Precisely on the 5th day of September 2018, the Hospitality business giant made the announcement via an official press release that it is be possible to purchase luxurious and classy carriages without prior regards buyers’ location worldwide with the use of Bitcoin and through a bitcoin payment processor called BitPay.
When asked about the move, Tilman, owner of Post Oak Motors had this to say “The rising of bitcoin sparked my interest. Being a premier luxury car dealer, I always want to offer my customers the very best buying experience and this partnership will allow anyone around the world purchase our vehicles faster and easier.
The Blockchain Revolution in Nigeria and the Need for Regulation.
In a recent strategic session organized by Mary Uduk, the Director General Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria (SEC) for the FINTECH Industry at SEC Towers Abuja. A critical analysis on the basics of the newest technology on the block (The Blockchain) in relation to the current plans to regulate the industry in the Nigerian Market, was the topic of discussion today.
In his presentation, Mr Ade Bajomo, the Executive Director Access Bank Nigeria and Vice President FinTech Association of Nigeria, took time to explain in simple terms the Blockchain Revolution currently taking place worldwide. He said; “Revolution refers to radical transformative change. It is a tumultuous and transformative event that attempts to change a region or society and in some cases, even the world”. Revolutions are the great turning points of history.
He also explained How Fintech is driving development and prompt execution in the financial sector of any economy. Moving on, he talked on the Future of Fintech; stating that the most recent discovery in the Space is the BLOCKCHAIN and that this discovery needs to be regulated.
At the end of his lecture, he answered few questions as regards security of the Blockchain in relation to the need for SEC to deliberately understand Blockchain technology, which would further help the active players institute the most desired regulation.
BanQu Launches First-ever Blockchain-based Technology in Supply Chain Management in Zambia
BanQu has pioneered blockchain-based economic identity solution in Africa. In the partnership with Anheuser-Busch InBev, BanQu has created a safe, secure, inalterable record and to generate economic opportunities for small holder farmers in Africa. Firms in the Supply chain management sector have embraced this innovation, banking on the software’s ability to enhance service delivery and improve profit margins.
The pilot done in June 2018 with leading brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev involved 2,000 Zambian farmers connected via the software’s mobile platform, as they reap and vend an estimated 2,000 tons of cassava for the production of high grade beer raw material -Starch used in beer production by the end of Zambian cassava farming season this August.
With this blockchain-based technology by BanQu, Anheuser-Busch InBev is able to track its product through every process in the supply chain with accurate record of vendors in the form of farmer profiles.
Zambian Breweries Agricultural Manager Chris Nicolle is excited about this development:
“This is one of the most exciting programs to be involved with. The scope and empowerment that the platform provides to the Small Holder is exceptional and I look forward to seeing the implementation of the project, from pilot to our full-time buying platform.”
The unbanked/underbanked farmers have something to smile about because with this solution, farmers are able to setup private digital profiles that can serves as a form of banking record as history is accumulated. With this record, farmers are able to connect to NGOs, Cooperatives, Banks for instruments like loans, grants and trainings for capacity building.
“Since 60% of the 2.7 billion unbanked and underbanked people already own mobile phones, these devices make the best platform for these people to connect to the global economy,” quoting BanQu Founder and CEO Ashish Gadnis.
He adds that
“BanQu is enabling the democratization of data, money, and eventually power, while delivering a distinct business advantage to global brands like Anheuser-Busch InBev and their localized company, Zambian Breweries, who believe in an inclusive agricultural model. Our goal is to strengthen this partnership across multiple crops and countries setting up a long-term, sustainable and responsible supply chain that directly benefits the small-scale farmers in the world.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 25 percent of
global alcoholic beverage consumption goes unrecorded. However, BanQu is trying to change the narrative with blockchain-bases solutions in Africa.
Nigerian Crypto Enthusiasts Create Crypto Education Classes
Adoption is the buzzword in crypto communities and the best way to drive adoption is through education. Truth be told, a lot of persons have heard about Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin however, they have a limited knowledge of what digital currencies are and what they entail. This need for proper education has led Cryset to partner with Workstation to create a week long Blockchain and Cryptocurrency workshop geared towards educating coworkers at Workstation as well as the general public about the technology and the space.
This event is scheduled to hold for 6 days and beginning on Monday, September 10 – Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Workstation, 7, Ibiyinka Olorunbe close, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The aim of the organizers of the event is to create a classroom environment where teaching and learning of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency concepts, markets and technology will take place.
The organizers are working with the largest Co working space in Nigeria with a community of over a 300 people comprising entrepreneurs, companies, developers, and millennials bringing this education down to the grassroot. Even though this is the first workshop more communities with be visited to spread the word.
Although the cryptocurrency market is currently down, this has not deterred Cryset, in fact, the company believes it is a great time to bring new people onboard. Cryset is all about creating real world use cases for cryptocurrencies as well as driving adoption of Blockchain in Africa.
The workshop will have a classroom ambience of a 25 students per class. This is to help the attendees learn in a conducive environment as well as ask questions and practice what they have been learnt. The tutors for this event include high profile thought leaders, entrepreneurs and educators in the Nigerian Blockchain and Cryptocurrency space.
The goal of this workshop is to give beginners a high-level introduction to Blockchain and get them to really understand, provide them with the tools, access and resources to guide them. This workshop will bootstrap them to a more knowledgeable position in the space.
The workshop curriculum
Day 1: What is the Blockchain
Day 2: Understanding Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies
Day 3: Introduction to Cryptocurrency trading
Day 4: How to Integrate Blockchain into your business (Blockchain for Enterprises)
Day 5: Investment opportunities in the Blockchain space
Day 6: Blockchain Software development, smart contracts and dApp.
The workshop is designed in a way that its starts from the foundation and builds on top of that knowledge base so their is proper understanding.
The first 2 days are foundational classes and the remaining are more specialized to what aspects of the space the individual would like to operate or be a part, developers, traders or business entrepreneurs there is something for you.
This is the first of its kind in the Nigerian Crypto space and it would be an exciting time for all those seeking knowledge in Cryptocurrency and Blockchain and how to benefit from it.
You can register for the workshop here