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Smallholder Farmers Big Role in Global Food Supply

Population growth and other trends are driving up demand for food. It is estimated that by 2027, the global demand for food will outstrip supply. One way to address the crisis is to increase the output of the world’s 500 million smallholder farmers. These growers make a meager living cultivating five acres or less of land. They often lack the expertise, investment, and tools to significantly improve yields, and are generally excluded from global agricultural supply chains. Blockchain is enabling many growers to overcome these challenges and increase revenues by expanding their businesses. The panel will explore how blockchain technology is transforming farming in developing countries, and how smallholders can help avert a global food crisis and lift their communities out of poverty.

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  1. How blockchain can transform small-scale farming by automating trust and giving growers access to vital resources and information.
  2. How the world's army of smallholder farmers can become a major player in the global agricultural business and the implications for food supplies.
  3. How blockchain-enabled smallholder farming supports sustainable agriculture, tackles economic inequality, and helps to address climate-related issues.



Ken Cottrill, Research Principal, Chain Business Insights LLC

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Climate & Social Action
  • Level: Intermediate
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