Session Title: "Panel: Blockchain Technology Application in Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges"
Moderator: Mariantonietta Fiore , Professor in Agricultural Economics, University of Foggia
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Session description: Blockchain technology (BCT), originally developed for mining of cryptocurrency, has a potential to solve the problem of data reliability, transparency, and traceability, thus guaranteeing the trustworthiness of information. Because of these characteristics, BCT has been applied in various different areas. Its benefit for the food and beverage supply chain is especially noteworthy. In this panel presentations we will be giving the overview to the attendees about BCT, its characteristics and impact on the different areas; We will describe the impact of BCT on the agri-food supply chain and we will highlight the potential of BCT in this field through case study and simulation. Finally, we will share the results of our ongoing project regarding BC application in wine industry on the example of three Italian wineries.

Bio:  Mariantonietta Fiore is a professor in Agricultural economics at the Department of Economics, University of Foggia (Italy). She is a member of the Doctoral School of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (Poland) and member of the Doctoral course in Innovative Sciences and Technologies for Health at the University of Foggia. Prof. Fiore is a Fellow of the EuroMed Academy of Business (EMRBI). She held the position of Expert in Ministry of Agriculture-Food and in Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea. She is a scientific coordinator, member, or responsible for several EU and national projects. She took part in many international conferences as a keynote speaker, presenter and discussant and acted as visiting professor in several international Universities. Prof. Fiore has gained over 10 scientific awards e.g. ‘Best relevant paper’, ‘Honorary scientific distinction’..  She acts as the Representative of internationalization processes of the Department of Economics, University of Foggia. She is author of over 120 scientific publications and acts as a judge, guest editor, member of Editorial Boards and Scientific Committees: she is currently one of the Directors of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) and a member of the IFAMA Europe chapter.