The blockchain technology has been adopted by two coffee exporting companies in Ethiopia. Bext360 and Moyee have joined forces together to tackle the problem of exporting unprocessed coffee. These companies want to address the issue of transparency that is lacking in the agricultural business.
Despite making $866 million from the export of coffee in the last fiscal year, there is a discrepancy between earnings of the farmers and the products exported. Also the country exports coffee to Europe after they undergo the hulling process without roasting and packaging them. The country could earn as much as $2.7 billion if they roast and brand the coffee themselves. Co-founder of Moyee, Shane Reilly says “This shouldn’t be any different for coffee growing countries like Ethiopia and Uganda. Blockchain removes the middle man and encourages trust because consumers know exactly what they are drinking, and where it has come from.”
More Revenue For Ethiopia
Moyee is proposing a game changer with a roastery in Addis Ababa where most of the coffee being roasted in Europe can be roasted by local employees and registered on the FairChain platform reducing the bulk of the 99.9 percent of the coffee that is being roasted in Europe. While Bext360 has partnered with a washing station in the Jimma Region of Oromia. They are building a platform that allows for transactions to be monitored in real-time with coffee farmers who take their cherries to sell at Oromia. The plan is to build a chain where the farmers information and identity which is available online will tally with the kilos of coffee they brought to the station and the prices the farmers will be paid.
Blockchain in Coffee Making
Introducing the blockchain into this process means that for each stage on the supply chain, the farmers will be assigned crypto tokens that will show the complete value added from bean to barista. Everything from payments to roasting to freighting to pricing will be registered on the blockchain-based platform, FairChain. To get farmers started on better wages, Moyee will pay farmers a 20 percent premium which Moyee’s Co-Founder, Guido van considers; “This is the next big step in a coffee revolution.”
“Our platform changes things entirely. Crypto tokens enable us to pay farmers immediately and directly. Smart technology is being used to benefit the men and women who produce our coffee,” he added.
The blockchain platform Moyee and Bext360 are using was created by Stellar. Farmers will be compensated for their produce as the process will be duly registered. McCaleb explains, “Coffee cultivators load their daily haul, usually about 30 kilograms, into a machine equipped with sensors and optical recognition tech that sifts and sorts coffee cherries. This automated appraiser assigns each a grade based on quality (bigger and riper is generally better). The machine then links this output to special crypto tokens tracking the produce across its journey.”
Ethiopia accounts for approximately 3 percent of the global coffee market with 20 million people relying on it for their livelihood. The country which has its traditions deeply rooted in coffee production receives about 15 percent of the value in a bag of beans. While the price of the commodity increases, the country receives lesser share from the proceeds. This new partnership will ensure that the coffee transition can be monitored from farm to table.
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Binance to Support IOTX MainNet Token Swap
The IOTX mainnet token swap to be supported by leading cryptocurrency exchange, Binance. The crypto ecosystem giant made this known via its blog.
Withdrawals will be suspended from the 15th of January, 2020 by 0:00 AM (UTC) pending till the token swap is completed.
IoTeX describes itself as an open source platform, building the Internet of Trusted Things, where all physical and virtual ‘things’ — humans, machines, businesses, and DApps — can exchange information and value at global scale. It was founded in 2017.
Binance also revealed it will handle all technical requirements involved in the swap process for all users holding the IOTX token in their Binance accounts.
Whenever even after the mainnet migration a user sends ERC-20 IOTX tokens to Binance, Binance guarantees the tokens will be converted to the mainnet IOTX and the user will not be able to withdraw the ERC-20 IOTX Tokens after the swap.
We will make a separate announcement after the mainnet swap is complete to notify users when withdrawals for IOTX (native coin) will open, Binance concluded.
In November 2019, IOTX revealed via a blog post the roadmap it intended to follow in ultimately bringing staking/voting using the IOTX token to its mainnet.
In the post, it gave a summary of schedule for staking/voting using the IOTX token.
Mainnet Alpha (Apr 2019 – Oct 2019): staking on Ethereum using IOTX-E (ERC20) only
Mainnet Beta (Nov 2019 – Q1/Q2 2020): staking on both Ethereum and IoTeX using IOTX-E (ERC20) and IOTX (Native), respectively
Mainnet GA (Q1/Q1 2020 and on): staking on IoTeX using IOTX (Native) only. Note: all existing votes/tokens on Ethereum will be automatically converted to IoTeX
IoTex also stated that exchanges with IOTX-E currently listed will at their own different time perform official token swaps to IOTX (native) currency throughout Q4 2019 & Q1 2020.
The Internet of Trust Things platforms also stated that the final cutoff to swap IOTX-E to Native IOTX will be announced in Q1 2020.
CEO of MTN Group Speaks Out on MTNCOIN, Calls it Fake.
The CEO of MTN Group, Rob Shuter has spoken out on the document circulating the internet showing the Telecom giant, MTN Group to launch a utility token – MTNCOIN.
The CEO calls the document and unsolicited proposal and the Telecom firm will not consider it.
Fake news guys was an unsolicited proposal we are not taking forward.
— Rob Shuter (@ShuterRob) November 13, 2019
The document which was dated 29th of October, 2019 and titled “MTN COIN – Building Africa’s Universal Financial Services & Rewards Ecosystem” proposes a crypto token that will be used as a universal digital settlement currency for all financial.
In a statement published by MTN Group, it said it wishes to distance itself from the document as well as the services and offerings mentioned in the document as they are not provided by the firm.
According to the statement, MTN said the document was an unsolicited proposal submitted by an entity called Eureka Africa and it wasn’t adopted.
However, the Telecom giant affirmed its continual engagement and collaboration with various vendors, and if necessary it said, use official MTN channels to communicate such partnerships.
The document proposes the launch of a Stellar blockchain based cryptocurrency, MTNCOIN that will serve as a universal digital settlement currency for all financial users cases for all parties.
According to the document, It also intends solidifying and expanding MTN’s position as Africa’s leading communication services provider by staying at the forefront of digital transformation; capitalize on the Global Financial Technology revolution and lead the disruption of the traditional financial and insurance sector in the continent to protect current and create new revenue streams.
The Telecom giant has requested publishers to refrain from sharing the document or its contents on any public platforms.
Telecom firm, MTN Could launch a token MTNCOIN on the Stellar Blockchain to become Universal Digital Settlement Currency
A document showing Telecommunication firm MTN is set to launch a token –MTNCOIN on the Stellar Blockchain has been making waves on the internet since it was released.
The document which was dated October 29th 2019 and titled “MTN COIN – Building Africa’s Universal Financial Services & Rewards Ecosystem” posits that the African Financial sector is ripe for disruption.
It measured the financial flow of money through Mobile Money and Remittance. MTN through the plans to lead the disruption of Africa’s financial services industry to redefine financial inclusion.
This it intends to achieve by launching MTNCOIN as a universal digital settlement currency for all financial users cases for all parties. It also intends solidifying and expanding MTN’s position as Africa’s leading communication services provider by staying at the forefront of digital transformation.
It also wants to capitalize on the Global Financial Technology revolution and lead the disruption of the traditional financial and insurance sector in the continent to protect current and create new revenue streams.
MTN will to create a pan-african open platform and ecosystem and set the standards for trusted, direct, low-cost and instant financial transactions, bringing together various players in the financial industry such as banks, insurances, Fintechs, Retailers and major technology providers to drive interoperability and convergence.
The digital currency, MTNCOIN according to the document will be created and issued on the Stellar Blockchain Network.
It will serve as universal exchange currency, highly scalable, secure bridging currency across the African continent supported by the established MTN treasury functions.
It will serve data and airtime redemption assurance which according to the document will reduce counterpart risk as token holders.
The token will be a utility token controlled by MTN and it shall feature fast, no-cost remittance, automatic loyalty program benefits with ecommerce embedded shopping advantages.
The document compares MTNCOIN in superiority to other forms of payment such as MTN Money and M-Pesa. The coin will have a digital wallet, allow P2p transfer, cross border payments, bank integration, adoption by third party apps etc. MTNCOIN based on the document stands out from both MTN Money and M-Pesa.
The choice of choosing Stellar according to the document which compared it to the Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum Blockchain networks, was that Stellar is a platform that connects banks, payments systems and people, it allows fast, cross-border transactions between any pair of currencies. It is much cheaper and faster than bitcoin because of its unique consensus protocol etc.
CryptoTVPlus through one of its representative has reached out to MTN Nigeria for comment on the document as at press time but haven’t given response. Updates will be published as it comes.
Brad Garlinghouse,CEO of Ripple Predicts the death of Most Cryptocurrencies
The CEO of Ripple, Brad Garlinghouse has predicted the death of the majority of all the cryptocurrencies in existence. According to him, they will likely go to zero.
This prediction was made via a live interview with Bloomberg where he said very few number of cryptocurrency projects will survive and grow significantly as they are concerned with actually solving real life problems.
Others will likely fail because they can not support or solve real life problems. According to Brad, “Anytime there is a new market, there are a lot of people that run into that market and try to show that they can solve a problem, they can deliver a customer need.”
With more than 3,000 cryptocurrency that trade on a daily basis, he said, very few of them will actually be able to meet customers needs, and the majority of them will probably go to zero.
The same prediction made by Brad Garlinghouse has been made by others before most especially during the ICO boom days that say
w thousands of cryptocurrency project launched offering various “moon shot” products and services.
Max Keiser had also predicted the death of majority of altcoins according his twitter post in August, which reason “#Bitcoin dominance 68.2% — heading to 80% — as alts die in favor of BTC. The 2014-2017 era of alts and hard forks is dead. Don’t be the last to rotate out of alts into BTC.”
#Bitcoin dominance 68.2% – heading to 80% – as alts die in favor of BTC. The 2014-2017 era of alts and hard forks is dead. Don’t be the last to rotate out of alts into BTC.
— Max Keiser, tweet poet. (@maxkeiser) August 6, 2019
The growth in cryptocurrencies is caused by the hype around the crypto ecosystem, Garlinghouse said