Halal Certification With Blockchain
Blockchain technology is a perfect fit for the needs and demands of Halal product & services traceability, as can be seen in the above interaction. The condition and status of the product can be updated to the Blockchain in real-time and easily accessed by people seeking knowledge about it.
Beginning at the farm, farmers can improve their knowledge about the industry and ensure they are compliant with Syariah based farming standards. Their Syariah farming practices can then be monitored and recorded immutably in the Blockchain. In turn, this speeds up Halal Audit and Certification, making them eligible to seek financing from Syariah based Financing channels. Ultimately, farmers also derive marketing benefits as manufacturers who demand Halal products will directly seek out farmers in the WhatsHalal network.
Manufacturers, crucially, can benefit from the assurance that their input factors are Halal. They save time and energy on determining the Halal status of their input factors, by accessing the centralised knowledge repository of the WhatsHalal Blockchain. Should they need to expand their product offerings, or change ingredients, they can source for alternative products easily. At the same time, they can make known the information about the ingredients and products they use, and provide information about their own manufacturing processes which places them in good standing to receive Halal certification themselves. With the smart contract in place, they too enjoy marketing benefits as their clients know that their products have met Halal standards.
Merchants, including restaurants, distributors, and retailers, are able to better source for Halal products to be repackaged or resold to the end consumer. As merchants are often the ones facing the end-consumer, it is important that they enjoy a smooth and reliable certification process that does not face delays due to incomplete information and uncertainties about the origins of their products.
The end-consumer benefits from a more holistic understanding of Halal product information, and can be assured that the items he is consuming are purely Halal. End-consumers will use the WhatsHalal app, which leverages the Blockchain, to procure tertiary services like food delivery and restaurant reservation. They also contribute to the eco-system by making product enquiries and providing feedback, which in turn can be relayed to producers who can provide more information and/or further refine their processes as necessary.
Finally, Halal certifying Authorities can expedite their checking and verification process, as different entities are completing their smart contracts and creating an immutable, traceable record on the Blockchain, which authorities can call up at any time.
This sustainable eco-system is also captured in the following representation that shows the interactions that track the Halal status of the product from farm to fork.