Designing distributed ledger technologies for social change: The case of CariCrop

Larissa Pschetz, William Edwin Dixon, Kruakae Pothong, Arlene Bailey, Allister Glean, Luis Santos Silva Soares, Jessica Enright

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Distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) have been celebrated for promoting transparency, trust, and efficiency in several domains. However, recent research has also pointed out the potential of these technologies to increase power asymmetries and deepen social inequality. In this paper, we contribute to this discussion by reporting on a collective effort of academics, development partners, local authorities, businesses, and farming groups to look at the potential of DLTs, particularly Blockchains, to support socio-economic development in rural communities in the Caribbean. We present a series of design concepts resulting from this effort and propose a method to facilitate stakeholders’ experience of possible implementations and enable them to voice concerns, preferences, and expectations. Results from workshops with different groups of stakeholders contribute insights into opportunities and limitations of these applications to enable social development and to level the playing field in agricultural exchanges in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of CHI 2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367080
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020
EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Hawaiʻi Convention Center on the island of Oahu, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2020
CountryUnited States
Internet address


  • distributed ledger technologies
  • agricultural development
  • blockchain
  • farming
  • ICT4D

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