Start-up using geo-tagging and blockchain technology to fight deforestation in Africa

Start-up using geo-tagging and blockchain technology to fight deforestation in Africa

It is no news that attention in this generation has shifted drastically from agriculture to other fields classed “trending”. Only a few people are unashamed to be identify with farming.

However, the fact remains that hunger is imminent and it cannot be ignored especially in developing countries, just like the present day situation in Zimbabwe.

Afforestation is one area that intercepts agriculture and climate change. It has ever since been a global issue that has drawn wide attention.

Research findings show that about 15 billion trees are cut down globally, and across Africa, deforestation rates has surpassed the global annual average of 0.8 percent.

Hence, it is impressive to see a startup like ‘My Roots in Africa’ come up with innovation to solve this problem.

‘My Roots in Africa’ is a startup that is using geo-tagging and blockchain technology to fight deforestation in Africa.

Kamil Olufowobi Founder and CEO of The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), a group working to bridge the gap between Africans in the diaspora and those living on the continent told CNN, “My Roots in Africa is…Uber for trees, connecting local communities impacted by pollution or deforestation, with global citizens looking to plant their roots in Africa,”

He furthered explained the opportunity the innovation brings, “It presents an opportunity where Africa wins, the diaspora wins, and all of humanity wins. It supports the diaspora to reduce their barrier of entry to Africa.”

This initiative, “My Roots In Africa” will be officially launched in February 2020 on the sidelines of the African Union Summit.

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Tosin Agboola

Reporter with Ouut Africa.

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