Chekkit Technologies Corp. has joined forces with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and GS1 in an attempt to safeguard the food and drug supply chain across Africa and the Middle East.
Says Chekkit founder & CEO, Dare Odumade: “Our labels with blockchain secured QR/ PIN are visible on several products today for you to scan the Quick Response code (QR) or dial the PIN on USSD to verify product authenticity. Verify 5 products, get N100 airtime instantly!”
Chekkit’s plan to launch a Track & Trace SaaS platform early in Q1 2024 will ensure that producers are ready to print blockchain-encrypted QRs on product packs, thereby leapfrogging the security of food, drinks and drug supply chain.
Odumade adds: “Our APIs are available now for seamless integration. Let’s collaborate and build a secured supply chain for a counterfeit-free Nigeria, reach out! 🚀”
In April 2023, Chekkit secured an undisclosed amount in funding to scale its blockchain-powered solution that attempts to transform pharmaceutical industry in Africa and the Middle East, ensuring consumers can authenticate drugs and trace the manufacturer, using a smartphone or basic feature phone.
The funding round was secured from Adaverse (a Cardano ecosystem accelerator), with participation from existing investors such as RTA, HoaQ, Launch Africa Ventures, and Blockchain Founders Fund. This came after Chekkit was announced as the first approved GS1/NAFDAC traceability solutions provider in Nigeria, and follows a US$500,000 pre-seed funding round it secured in 2021.