Kenya wants to stop illegal land seizure with Blockchain

Kenya wants to take action against illegal land seizure using blockchain software. The information minister in charge, Joseph Mucheru, expressed his plans in a BBC report this week. The limping cadastral system is one of the largest construction sites in the up-and-coming country. Meanwhile, alongside Kenya, more and more African states and companies are using blockchain solutions to tackle their own problems. As was also announced this week, Ethiopia is using Blockchain software to secure its coffee distribution chains.

In fact, the East African country is already regarded as an up-and-coming technology giant and even boasts the status of „Silicon Savannah. Kenya, however, lags behind in the cadastral field. The result is a fate shared by numerous developing countries around the world. Corruption and bribes help to enlarge land, claim arable land and drive people out of their homes. Deeds that can be bought in back rooms are therefore considered worthless.

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As the Bitcoin news reports this week, Kenyan Information Minister Joseph Mucheru wants to put an end to illegal land seizure and put a stop to corruption: Blockchain technology will help. According to his plans, in future all land registries in the country could be stored on a blockchain and thus the cadastral system could be verified.

Such a blockchain platform could offer „security, efficiency and transparency“ and thus counter Kenyans‘ frustration with forged and subsequently altered documents, says Mucheru.

He is regarded as a great advocate of new technologies. Contrary to the official position of the Kenyan central bank, Mucheru supports Bitcoin trading and held shares in the Bitpensa start-up until the beginning of the year. In front of his cabinet post, he headed the office of the Internet giant Google responsible for sub-Saharan Africa.

„We want to be part of this growth. We missed the internet boom, but we can’t let that happen with the blockchain,

Mucheru describes the vision for his country

Cadastre is the most common field of application in public administration
Kenya, whose most important economic sector is still agriculture, has been groaning under corruption in land surveying for years. Again and again, protests escalate in the country. In 2015, for example, the news pictures of primary school students demonstrating in the capital Nairobi went around the world. They had demonstrated for the preservation of a playground that was to be sold to a hotel. Allegedly, the school had no valid deeds of ownership. The police stopped the demonstration with tear gas.

Concrete details about how such pictures should be prevented and which blockchain service provider Kenya should help with the project are not known at the moment. However, the food distributor Twiga Foods is a possible role model. The Kenyan company entered into a cooperation agreement with IBM in April and intends to grant loans to small goods stores with the help of the blockchain.

The Blockchain pilots, who are sprouting up worldwide, could also be a further godfather in land surveying. In addition to the Swedish land registry Lantmäteriet, Georgia and the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are currently running corresponding projects. Blockchain pioneer Estonia, on the other hand, has been operating its cadastral system for years with the help of distributed ledger software.

Blockchain on the advance in Africa
Meanwhile the Blockchain is more and more on the advance in Africa. However, instead of land surveying, more and more African companies and states are using Blockchain software to secure their supply chains. As reported this week, Ethiopia wants to secure the distribution of its trade gold coffee with the technology. With the help of the software service provider IOHK, the responsible Ministry of Technology wants to prevent corruption and leaks in cultivation and shipping.

The diamond giant De Beers also wants to use the blockchain within its supply chains. The South Africans want to secure the origin of their gemstones and thus block market access for so-called blood diamonds.