Blockchain Applications in Agriculture: A Scoping Review

36 Pages Posted: 4 May 2022 Last revised: 21 Jun 2022

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Andreas Sendros

Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Athena Research Center - Institute for Language and Speech Processing

George Drosatos

Athena Research Center - Institute for Language and Speech Processing

Pavlos S. Efraimidis

Athena Research Center - Institute for Language and Speech Processing; Democritus University of Thrace

Nestor C. Tsirliganis

Athena Research Center - Institute for Language and Speech Processing

Date Written: 2022

Abstract

Blockchain is a distributed, immutable ledger technology initially developed to secure cryptocurrency transactions. Following its revolutionary use in cryptocurrencies, blockchain solutions are now being proposed to address various problems in different domains and is currently one of the most "disruptive" technologies. This paper presents a scoping review of the scientific literature for exploring the current research area of blockchain applications in the agricultural sector. The aim is to identify the service areas of agriculture where blockchain is used, the blockchain technology used, the data stored in it, its combination with external databases, the reason it is used, for which products, as well as the level of maturity of the respective approaches. The study follows the PRISMA-ScR methodology. The purpose of conducting the scoping review is to identify the evidence of this field and clarify the key concepts. The literature search was conducted in April 2021 using Scopus and Google Scholar, and a systematic selection process identified 104 research articles for detailed study. Our findings show that in the field, although still in the early stages, with the majority of studies in the design phase, several experiments have been made, so a significant percentage of the work is in the implementation or piloting phase. Finally, our research shows that the use of blockchain in this domain mainly concerns the integrity of agricultural production records, the monitoring of production steps, and the monitoring of products. However, other varied and remarkable blockchain applications include incentive mechanisms, circular economy, data privacy, product certification, and reputation systems.

Keywords: Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology, Agriculture, Scoping Review, PRISMA-ScR

Suggested Citation

Sendros, Andreas and Drosatos, George and Efraimidis, Pavlos S. and Tsirliganis, Nestor C., Blockchain Applications in Agriculture: A Scoping Review (2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4055335 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4055335

Andreas Sendros (Contact Author)

Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ( email )

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Athena Research Center - Institute for Language and Speech Processing ( email )

George Drosatos

Athena Research Center - Institute for Language and Speech Processing ( email )

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Pavlos S. Efraimidis

Athena Research Center - Institute for Language and Speech Processing ( email )

Democritus University of Thrace

Nestor C. Tsirliganis

Athena Research Center - Institute for Language and Speech Processing ( email )

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