11 March 2019, Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea - Together with the International Telecommunications Unit, FAO is creating a distributed ledger system - better known as a blockchain-based system - that can track livestock and allow consumers to buy with confidence by verifying the history of their pigs. Using the system, farmers can record important information about their pigs, including their pedigrees, what they were fed, when they fell sick and what medicine was administered. Before the system was implemented, consumers had no means of verifying this information. The implementation of the new tracking system is vital for establishing consumer trust and ensuring farmers can expand their markets and earn a fair return on their investments. This is a collaboration between the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL), Department of Communication and Information (DCI), National Information & Communications Technology Authority (NICTA), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Jiwaka Provincial Government in partnership with the Geriduo Global Technology Exchange of Australia and other stakeholders.