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Department of Informatics - Communication Systems Group

Application of Blockchain Technology in the Swiss Food Value Chain (Foodchains)

The Foodchains project targets at evaluation and a prototypical design of a blockchain-based approach toward the digitization of the food chain within the Swiss agricultural sector. Specifically, the use case of a dairy product tracking approach – "from the cow to the cheese" – was investigated and supported by a newly prototyped IT system, representing by an Android App-based, distributed system, which can collect in an easy-to-use manner raw product data, transport data, manufacturing data, and sold product data – once collected and made available in a digital representation –, such that these are traceable in a customized and stakeholder-defined manner.

General Information

Reference: Research and Industrial Project
Source of funding:

Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft BLW (Federal Office of Agriculture), Bern

Grant Number


Project Duration:

01.01.2018 - 31.05.2019

Project Overview

The set of four hypotheses that contribute to the fulfillment of the goals of this project include:

H1: Can decentralized blockchains strengthen the trust in the Swiss value chain "milks"?
H2: Consumers value regional products.
H3: Consumers of milk and dairy products are interested in tracking and tracing the unique geographical location of raw materials via a QR code and a distributed application operated on a smartphone
H4: The term "quality" in conjunction with raw milk, milk sold, and dairy products in general is applied, if production and ambition of producers and dairies are sustainable.

UZH Personnel

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller

Sina Rafati

Danijel Dordevic

Atif Ghulam Nabi

Tanbir Mann


Inquiries may be directed to the local Swiss project management:


Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller
University of Zürich, IFI
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH-8050 Zürich


Phone: +41 44 635 67 10
Fax: +41 44 635 68 09