African Start-ups Working with Blockchain in Order to Tackle Land Fraud

Blockchain technology is expanding everywhere. Places that have been segregated from technology are now being modernized with the arrival of Blockchain. Several individuals are facing problems with proving the legitimacy of the ground they own in different parts of Kenya and other African countries.

Blockchain Technology to Stop Double Landing

It is very common to hear that in Kenya there are double ownership of land. Cartels work side by side with officials in order to create parallel titles for parcels of land. This is one of the easiest ways to acquire land illegally.

Joseph Njuguna is one of the individuals affected by these land stealers. Mr Njuguna received a phone call that warned him that something was wrong with the land he bought 6 years ago. When he arrived to the place where this land was located (Utawala), he discovered that someone was excavating without his permission.

“I asked for the title and he couldn’t produce it. But he still claimed that the plot was his,” commented Njuguna to Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A new start-up created in Africa is using blockchain technology in order to stop these situations. It has created a foolproof digital land registries. But this is not the first start-up that is working in order to stop land fraud. In other countries like Honduras, Georgia and Rwanda, blockchain has also been used in order to build land-titling systems. In this way, the information is stored in digital registries that can’t be changed.

In Ghana, the start-up Bitland is using distributed ledger technology in order to help boosting the integrity of the land records. Since its independence, more than 80% of landowners lack the title of their properties. The land is held with oral agreements between farmers and land-owning chiefs.

In Kenya, Njuguna had to deal by placing a fence over the land he had and a warning sign saying “Trespassers will be prosecuted.” Blockchain technology is expanding and may help these African countries to solve their land problems.

The technology is here to stay and will help countries and nations have a better life standard.