Gaiachain

ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAINS MADE SIMPLER

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The problem

Our consumption of cocoa, beef, palm oil and other commodities is driving deforestation, particularly in the tropics. In response to increasing demand for ethical goods, hundreds of companies have made commitments to establish zero-deforestation supply chains. Unfortunately, these commitments are not being fulfilled as planned.

Our mission

Our mission is to help make zero-deforestation supply chains a reality by addressing two major challenges. The first is complexity of upstream supply chains, particularly those dependent on smallholders in developing countries. The second is smallholder engagement. Only when farmers are benefiting from sustainable agriculture will fulfilling and maintaining zero-deforestation commitments be possible.

Our solution

The GaiaHub is a no-code solution that will enable anyone with basic computer skills to develop and adapt their own traceability and verification system using blockchain and other technologies. The user friendly interface combined with sector-specific templates will help address issues of complexity, scalability and cost. But perhaps more importantly is the focus on smallholder engagement. Our initial focus will be on smallholder land tenure security and transparent and efficient payment systems.

Status

We are currently in the proof of concept phase. This entails working with different partners to confirm the technical and commercial feasibility of the GaiaHub. Our first pilot project is ongoing and will conclude in early 2020. We have other projects in the pipeline are currently seeking partners to expand activities. If you are interested in exploring collaboration or would just like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Pilot projects

Cocoa

About 90% of cocoa is produced by smallholders and the sector is often cited as a major driver of deforestation, forest conversion and child labour. We are working with Nitidae to develop a blockchain based traceability application for cocoa produced in the Mé REDD+ Project Site in Ivory Coast, the largest cocoa producing country in the world. The primary goal is to better understand the benefits and costs associated with blockchain technologies in the context of the Ivorian cocoa sector. We are also designing the cocoa sector template for the GaiaHub, including a fraud-resistant payment system to help ensure that smallholders are paid what they deserve.

Charcoal

Charcoal production is a major driver of deforestation throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Gaiachain is currently developing a pilot project with Malebi, a women's association in Ivory Coast dedicated to the production of sustainable charcoal. More details will be published once the project is underway in late 2019 or early 2020.

About us

We have over 30 years of combined experience supporting complex forest governance programmes in developing countries. We created Gaiachain in 2018 because we want to help make ethical supply chains a reality. With our expertise in forest governance, demand side policies and blockchain technology, we are well suited to develop practical solutions.

What makes us unique

Our team is composed mainly of forest governance practitioners. As a result, we understand the realities of zero-deforestation supply chains. We also understand practical and financial challenges to developing applications with software engineers not familiar with these realites. As a result we are designing the GaiaHub with a strong and unique client perspective. Additionally, while we employ modern technologies like blockchain, we understand their limitations, particularly in the context of developing countries. As such, we are developing the GaiaHub keeping in mind the importance of low-tech solutions.

Team

Brad Mulley

Founding Director

Kacper Gazda

CTO and Co-founder

Eulalie Guillaume

Programme Director and Co-founder

Valerie Vauthier

General Secretary and Co-founder

Jack Robinson

Research and Development Officer, and Co-founder

Partners

We are currently seeking to expand partnerships for pilot activities. Please get in touch at bradmulley@gaiachain.io