New Approaches to Blockchain Technology, Blockchain Governance and Digital Communities for Smart Trade Hubs for Agricultural Industries

This project is a multi-stage, three-year project funded by Future Food Systems CRC. The overall aim is to develop the soft and hard digital infrastructure that overlays and complements the physical elements of export hubs (e.g., transport infrastructure, storage, logistics, etc.) to support the growth of smart trade. Smart Trade Hubs develops a “demand pull” business model enabled by the Proof of Concept (PoC) technology platform. The initial work on this project focussed on supply chain provenance and security for beef exports. As the learnings of previous activities can be leveraged, we propose to introduce other supply chains to the table to enable the early seeding of opportunities and learnings. Beyond beef, other supply chains are anticipated to include those involved in the production of high value fruits, wines and artisan liquor.

Publications of note

Cao, Shoufeng, Powell, Warwick, Foth, Marcus, Natanelov, Valeri, Miller, Thomas, & Dulleck, Uwe (2021) Strengthening consumer trust in beef supply chain traceability with a blockchain-based human-machine reconcile mechanism. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture180, Article number: 105886.

Powell, Warwick, Foth, Marcus, Cao, Shoufeng, & Natanelov, Valeri (2021) Garbage in garbage out: The precarious link between IoT and blockchain in food supply chains. Journal of Industrial Information Integration, Article number: 100261.

Powell, Warwick, Cao, Shoufeng, Miller, Thomas, Foth, Marcus, Boyen, Xavier, Earsman, Barry, et al. (2021) From premise to practice of social consensus: How to agree on common knowledge in blockchain-enabled supply chains. Computer Networks200, Article number: 108536.

Cao, Shoufeng, Foth, Marcus, Powell, Warwick, & McQueenie, Jock (2021) What are the effects of short video storytelling in delivering Blockchain-credentialed Australian beef products to China? Foods10(10), Article number: 2403.

Powell, Warwick, Cao, Shoufeng, Foth, Marcus, He, Shan, Turner-Morris, Charles, & Li, Ming (2021) Revisiting trust in supply chains: How does blockchain redefine trust? In Abdelaziz, Bouras, Khalil, Ibrahim, & Aouni, Belaid (Eds.) Blockchain Driven Supply Chains and Enterprise Information Systems. Springer, Basingstoke, United Kingdom. (In Press)

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Smart Trade Networks