A Blockchain Based System to Ensure Transparency and Reliability in Food Supply Chain

  • Gavina Baralla
  • Simona Ibba
  • Michele Marchesi
  • Roberto TonelliEmail author
  • Sebastiano Missineo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11339)


We propose a blockchain oriented platform to secure storage origin provenance for food data. By exploiting the blockchain distributed and immutable nature the proposed system ensures the supply chain transparency with a view to encourage local region by promoting the smart food tourism and by increasing local economy. Thanks to the decentralized application platforms that makes us able to develop smart contracts, we define and implement a system that works inside the blockchain and guarantees transparency, reliability to all actors of the food supply chain. Food, in fact, is the most direct way to get in touch with a place. The touristic activities related to wine and food consumption and sale in fact influence the choice of a destination and may encourage the purchase of typical food also once tourists are back home to the country of origin. Touristic destinations must therefore be equipped with innovative tools that, in a context of Smart Tourism, guarantee the originality of the products and their traceability.


Blockchain Smart tourism Supply chain management Product traceability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gavina Baralla
    • 1
  • Simona Ibba
    • 1
  • Michele Marchesi
    • 2
  • Roberto Tonelli
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sebastiano Missineo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE)University of CagliariCagliariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of CagliariCagliariItaly
  3. 3.Strateghia srlRomeItaly

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