Oxfam Formally Launches Blockchain Platform for Rice Farmers in Cambodia

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Oxfam has launched a blockchain project for farmers dubbed BloCRice, which seeks to increase the bargaining power of farmers by digitally connecting every player in the supply chain on one platform, local Cambodian news outlet reports. Based on the report, the new platform will leverage on smart contracts to build digital agreements between organic farmers and exporters of rice in Cambodia and their buyers in the Netherlands. Solinn Lim, country director of International charity Oxfam in Cambodia, was quoted by the news outlet saying: “BlocRice promotes the…

TRON Launches Accelerator Program for DApp Developers

Decentralized Internet project TRON (TRX) is launching a $1 million accelerator program to support developers building DApps and products on the TRON protocol, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Nov. 16. The initiative aims to facilitate consumer adoption of blockchain technology through TRON’s ecosystem following the recent acquisition of peer-to-peer file sharing service BitTorrent, Project Atlas, and payment service Poppy app. TRON’s protocol currently processes more than one million transactions and 600,000 wallets. The startup will purportedly accept submissions to its accelerator through December, while the winners will…

Spanish City of Bilbao Launches $171K Tender to Develop Public Blockchain Network

Bilbao, the largest city in northern Spain, has launched a €150,000 (around $171,000) tender to develop a blockchain for public services, Bilbao’s municipal authorities announced Monday, Nov. 12. Officials of the largest city in Basque country want to create a decentralized platform, designed to allow one to act with “power of attorney” online. The deadline to apply for the tender is set on Nov. 23. A company that will be awarded the contract has to develop the blockchain network within six months. According to the technical description of the tender,…

Global Charity Oxfam Launches Blockchain Project to Empower Cambodian Rice Farmers

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Global charity organization Oxfam has launched a blockchain technology platform aimed at enhancing the transparency and traceability of the rice supply chain in Cambodia. Known as BlocRice, the app uses distributed ledger technology to implement smart contracts where details such as the farm gate price of organic rice, trade volume and method of transportation are recorded, according to the Khmer Times. The project which will initially work with 50 rice farmers in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province during the first year is expected to boost the bargaining power…

International Charity Oxfam Formally Launches Blockchain Rice Tracker in Cambodia

International charity Oxfam officially launched its BlocRice blockchain supply chain solution for Cambodian rice Nov. 15, Cambodian daily media outlet Khmer Times reports. BlocRice, which aims to use smart contracts to provide transparency and security between rice growers and purchasers in the Netherlands, has been under development and should expand to 5,000 farms by 2022, the outlet notes. “The project aims to test blockchain technology and its smart contracts, a digital 3-way contract farming arrangement between primary producer, Cambodian rice exporter and retailer in Europe, to improve farmers’ livelihood and…

Parent Co. of World’s Largest Crypto Exchange OKEx Launches Trading in Argentina

OKCoin, the parent company for world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange OKEx, has  launched fiat-crypto trading services in Argentina, the company revealed in a tweet Thursday, Nov. 15. According to the company’s blog post about the move, customers can already deposit Argentine pesos (ARS) in exchange for major cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP), Cardano (ADA), Stellar (XLM), Zcash (ZEC), and 0x (ZRX) “and more.”   OKCoin has also revealed its plans to extend its services all over Latin America, adding other…

Major Russian Art Gallery Tretyakov Launches Blockchain-Based Art Patronage Project

The prestigious State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, is launching a blockchain-based art patronage scheme, Russian news agency TASS reports Nov. 15. The project, dubbed “My Tretyakov,” allows individuals or enterprises to make a private donation to contribute to the digitization of an item from the gallery’s collection, thereby become the artwork’s patron. The system, developed with business innovation collective RDI Digital, uses blockchain technology to assign and manage the patronage structure. According to a press statement from the gallery: “The donation amount is still under discussion. The system randomly…

South Korea’s Gyeongbuk Province Launches ‘Special Committee’ to Create Blockchain Hub

The government of South Korea’s Gyeongbuk province has launched a “Blockchain Special Committee” with the goal of creating a blockchain hub in the region, local media outlet Daily News reported Nov. 14. North Gyeongsang Province, also known as Gyeongbuk, plans to create a blockchain hub, inviting 40 domestic and foreign experts in the industry to consult on the project. Lee Cheol-uoo – a former member of the National Assembly of South Korea and current governor of the province – explained to local media the aims of the newly established committee…

Chinese City in Hunan Province Launches Blockchain Platform for Real Estate Data

The Chinese city of Loudi has launched a blockchain platform to store real estate data, the Chinese Communist Party’s official newspaper, People’s Daily, reports Nov. 13. The platform is backed by land, tax and real estate departments in the city, which is located in central Hunan province. Starting Nov. 15, the new system will let citizens avoid lines and other bureaucratic processes when submitting documents to the above-listed departments, the newspaper states. Also today, the first real estate electronic voucher was issued in the city via the new blockchain-based system.…

Iran Disconnected From SWIFT, Launches State Backed Crypto Rial

Global provider of secure financial messaging services, SWIFT, has ousted the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) from its financial banking system. The US-led sanctions will make it difficult for Iran to settle its international deals. In response, the authorities in Iran have accelerated the development of their state-backed national digital currency. Central Bank of Iran’s State Backed Cryptocurrency According to a local media source, Informatics Services Corporation (ISC), a private tech wing of the CBI, confirmed that they had developed the said crypto-rial. The company’s CEO Seyyed Abotaleb Najafi claimed…