COCOBLOCK - The blockchain for a better traceability of cocoa

June 2019
February 2020
Project cost
80 000 €
Role in the project


Côte d’Ivoire


Organic Agriculture Forest REDD+ ICT



Main goals

Develop and test a blockchain-based traceability system to increase transparency in the sector, reduce transaction costs and increase profit margins for sustainably produced cocoa.

Specific objectives

OS1. Create a blockchain-based traceability system to control the origin of cocoa and potential fraud on intermediate links
OS 2. Define blockchain-based technology opportunities to reduce transaction costs related to payments transfers in the value chain and for ecosystem services (carbon market payments)
OS 3. Capitalize on project experience and develop a longer term plan with stakeholders to further develop the sustainable cocoa sector with blockchain technologies


  • Ecookim: Union of cooperatives cocoa-coffee: 23 cooperatives members, aboput 12000 producers, 41450 ha of cocoa
  • Cooperative SCEB certified organic and fairtrade: 100 producers (Ethiquable partner)
  • Cooperative PCBM of Biébi: certified organic and fairtrade, 50 producers (Altereco partner)
  • Cocoa cooperatives of the REDD+ region: 3 active cooperatives and several in the process of formalization
  • Downstream links are working with these actors


R1. Direct and indirect stakeholders in the cocoa sector are made aware of the opportunities and challenges of DLT technologies in the context of value chains
R2. A traceability system based on blockchain technology for sustainable cocoa is developed
R3. Technological possibilities to reduce transaction costs related to transfer payments are identified

Consult articles written by our team on this subject:

At the test of the cocoa sector in Ivory Coast, will the Blockchain keep its promises?

Blockchain: an indecisive cocoa sector, but an undeniable guarantee for a controlled origin

Blockchain: an opportunity to improve the traceability of sustainable cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire


Component 1. Awareness-raising and mobilization of targeted actors in the cocoa sector regarding blockchain technologies to supply chain services.
A1. Public consultations on the traceability and on the efficiency of trade in the Ivorian cocoa sector
A2. Establishment of a working group for the development of the alpha version

Component 2. Development and testing of the traceability system (alpha version)
A1. Formalization of a system of control of the origin
A2. Definition of blockchain-based technology opportunities to reduce transfer transaction costs
A3. Architecture and interface design, testing and improvement of the alpha version
A4. Accompaniment and follow-up of the use of the traceability service
A5. Integration of the payment system in the traceability system and test

Component 3. Capitalization, sharing of experience with the Ivorian cocoa sector and elaboration of recommendations and long-term strategy
A1. Sharing the results
A2. Elaboration of recommendations and long-term strategy

Related people

Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Julien Gonnet

Holder of a Professional Master II in Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva and a Master I in Geography from the University of Jean Moulin, he brings his expertise in project and studies building and management on agricultural markets, the use of ICT within the agriculture sector, the implementation of certification (organic, fair...) and engineering training

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Project Manager / Agriculture & Market / France

Benjamin Garnier

Agricultural Engineer, specialised in "quality of the environment and resources management", from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT). He brings his expertise in feasibility studies for investment funds, agricultural markets studies and analysis of value chains

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Project Officer / France

François Griffon

Holder of a Master's degree in "Sustainable Farming and Agri-food Systems in the South", specialised in "Markets, Organization, Quality and Services" from Montpellier SupAgro - Institut des Régions Chaudes (IRC), he brings his expertise in sector and value chain analysis, market studies, quality management and farmers' organisations services and support

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