24-26 April 2023 | Prague
Blockchain is the current "hot" topic, as this technology offers security, transparency, trust and is suitable for other applications besides cryptocurrency. Exemplary uses of this technology are blockchain-based supply chains. The resulting transparency can benefit farmers, distributors, and food consumers alike. In this case, large companies such as IBM have already recognised that consumers want to follow the process flow of their food from production to the dinner table. In addition, current events, such as the Ukraine war demand a necessary security assurance for distribution partners in the agricultural sector.
It seems that everyone is aware of the importance of this technology. However, it can be observed that the technology has not been implemented in teaching and especially in the agri-food sector, although today's students are tomorrow's employees and need this knowledge for problem solving.
This raises the question of what prevents teachers in the agri-food sector from implementing Blockchain in education and what is needed to adapt this module? Our PhD candidate Annika Wesbuer is working on this question as part of the Erasmus+ project "Blockchain for Agri-food Educators". This week, Annika Wesbuer presented the results of the qualitative study to the project partners at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.
The main findings of this study included the current media portrayal of this technology, the perception of cryptocurrency as the only application of the technology, the lack of time, funds for training teachers and lack of competition between universities.
The elaboration of the results will be made available in the form of a report and a guideline for teachers.