Developing Blockchain Exercise using PEWI: Analyzing Blockchain Use in Agricultural Supply Chain

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2021-01-01
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Batwara, Neh
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Anthony Townsend
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People in Ecosystem Watershed Integration (PEWI) is an opens source web-based game developed to help people learn about multifunctional agriculture and human landscape interactions. PEWI allows users to change land uses across a 6000-acre watershed and instantly observe how changes to the agricultural land cover affect the ecosystem service indicators. The interactive watershed in the game is designed as 593 grid cells and is accompanied with nine maps to help users in the strategic placement of land uses. The current version of the PEWI simulation game comprises of four ecosystem service modules – Habitat, Soil Quality, Water Quality and Yield. Blockchain is considered one of the most disruptive technologies that allows the development of decentralized systems. Its application has been most prominent in the form of digital currencies (e.g. Bitcoin, Ethereum etc.) and smart contracts. While blockchain application has primarily been focused on financial transactions, its unique features that supports the development of robust systems without the need for central authorities makes application potential wide ranging. Supply chain and logistic systems is one area where blockchain provides many advantages including transparent, auditable, and immutable systems that hold sensitive data. The agricultural supply chain is like any other supply chain and has a great potential for the application of emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, and Blockchain. This paper aims to investigate the application of blockchain in agricultural supply chain systems and develop conceptual exercises that will be included as a supplement to the proposed “Blockchain module” in the future versions of PEWI.

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