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 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.
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.
We are currently seeking to expand partnerships for pilot activities. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org