The Persephone Project

A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK FOR A DYNAMIC DATA ECOSYSTEM FOR AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Primary Mission statement

“Build a Comprehensive Data Network for Agriculture and the Environment”

About

The Persephone project has arisen out of the ongoing need to find a comprehensive solution to our growing agricultural and environmental woes. It presents a framework in which to holistically address our shared problems and to collectively design equitable and efficient solutions to them.

Objectives

The main objective of the Persephone Project is to build a comprehensive ‘closed loop’ data framework to improve the production, sustainability, quality and consumption of agricultural products.

The Persephone Project further recognizes that stakeholders are integral to and the ultimate object of the system and so will adopt a ‘Wealth Creation through Distribution’ policy based on Metcalf’s law. The project has the ambitious target of reaching and including a billion small farmers over the next seven years in order to provide:

1) Access to relevant agricultural data

2) Tools to manage natural resources equitably and sustainably

3) Access to virtual and physical marketplaces

4) Automated mechanisms to manage produce logistics and authenticate origin.

In addition the framework will aim to generate significant ‘real time’ land use and environmental data at the local, state and national scales in order to provide markets and governmental bodies with accurate crop and environmental data.

Structure

The Persephone ecosystem is modular rather than a single homogeneous structure, with ‘no component within the network relying on another to function and no component essential to the function of the network as a whole’. The Persephone ecosystem is therefore robust and negates the potential for a single point of failure in the network. It’s modular design contains four core and two sympathetic components:

Despoena – Agricultural Resource Database and Management Tools

Paradigm – Agricultural and Environmental Database

Gateway – Entry level Crypto-currency tailored for subsistence farmers

VAMp – Virtual Agricultural Marketplaces

Juggernaut – Semi Autonomous Produce Logistics

IPAL – Independent Produce Authenticity Log

Framework

The Persephone ecosystem will be built upon the the ADS stack concept of Application, Database and Storage layers. Whilst it is a complete network capable of supplying critical data to small farmers, opening access to wider markets and improving produce logistics and authenticity it will retain the ability to add other features and to communicate and inter-operate with other electronic networks built upon the same stack architecture.

The Components

Gateway – Entry level Crypto-currency tailored for subsistence farmers

Despoena – Agricultural Resource Database and Management Tools

Paradigm – Agricultural and Environmental Database

VAMp – Virtual Agricultural Marketplaces

Juggernaut – Semi Autonomous Produce Logistics

IPAL – Independent Produce Authenticity Log

Gateway (GTE) – Entry Level Crypto-currency.

A stand alone crypto-currency Gateway will function as a means to raise capital (ICO) to build the other components and then as an entry level crypto-currency for subsistence farmers. With permissioned nodes, large blocks and only verified wallet owners Gateway will be a secure, low cost and user orientated blockchain . Additionally Gateway will introduce three novel features with Wealth Creation, Wallet Recovery and Exodus (a unique solution to the POW difficulty problem).

Despoena: Agricultural Resource Database and Management Tools

Despoena is a database of land use and resource availability complimented by a suite of apps designed to aid crop, soil, livestock and resource management at the farm, catchment and regional levels. At its heart is the Land Use Inventory (LUI); a self performed audit of the farm and it’s resources. By performing the audit and uploading the data to the network the farmer will earn tokens and gain entry to the Gateway token ecosystem. The data in the LUI will then be matched with scientific data in Paradigm to provide the farmer with soil, crop and livestock husbandry advice. The LUI will also supply data to DAO’s which in turn will provide resources management services at the catchment and regional level. Other DAO’s will keep markets via the VAMp informed of crop progress through out the growing season.

Paradigm: Agricultural and Environmental Database

The worlds environmental knowledge in a single accessible commons database is the aim of Paradigm. A structured searchable database that will power the applications of Despoena. Moving beyond agriculture Paradigm will grow to become a repository for all our knowledge on the planets biosphere; a comprehensive library to sustainable manage the Planet’s ecosystem.

VAMp : Virtual Agricultural Marketplaces

Virtual Agricultural Marketplaces will be built so that farmers can advertise their produce to physical marketplaces. Real time data from the DAO’s and the management apps will keep the VAMp up to date with crop progress and expected harvest dates. It is envisaged that the VAMp will encourage a dynamic relationship between the farmers and the physical markets to evolve so that the two plan together. An ‘Agricultural Bazaar’ where farmers can use their Gateway (GTE) tokens to buy and sell certified seeds, tools and other aids to crop production is also envisaged. Both aspects will be engineered and managed to encourage sustainable development and generate real value into the Gateway token ecosystem.

Juggernaut: Semi Autonomous Produce Logistics

Juggernaut is a complimentary service to the existing transport and logistic industries. Using mapping technology it will connect disparate entities in the supply chain and then plan the logistical movements of those goods. With the aim to reduce transport costs, improve delivery times and reduce cargo losses Juggernaut is seen as an intermediate stage to a fully autonomous logistics network.

IPAL: International Produce Authenticity Log

IPAL is a blockchain supply chain tool to track the movement of goods From Farm to Fork and provide an authenticity log to the final consumer.

Summary

Whilst all the components in the Persephone ecosystem are stand alone, (none are integral to the whole system), each component will be designed with the others in mind to give fast seamless operation across the network. Separation of function serving to make upgrades and maintenance to the system easier and providing robustness by negating the potential for a single point of failure or attack to the network. The ecosystem herein described should not be regarded as extensive but a summary of what can be achieved.

to read the full concept note please download the pdf document

 

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