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bet on blockchain to tackle land fraudCases of double ownership of land are common in Kenya, where cartels collude with officials to create parallel titles for parcels of land they want to acquire illegally, experts said.But that could change if a new crop of African startups succeeds in using blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin, to create foolproof digital land registries.Resolving disputes is often a lengthy process, with Kenya's under-staffed 27 land and environment courts relying on incomplete paperwork from registries, lawyers said.Under the system, the first person to register a piece of land correctly is rewarded with 100 harambee tokens, the second person gets 80 tokens, the third 50, and the fourth earns 35 .Although Kenya's Lands Ministry has sole responsibility for issuing titles, Tole said the new registry would complement state records, making them easier to verify and more reliable.The Lands Ministry is digitizing its 57 paper-based land registries but progress is slow with only a third of registries digitised by November, according to local media.Most land is held customarily with oral agreements between subsistence farmers and land-owning chiefs.Three-year old Bitland, which plans to enter Nigeria and Kenya this year, has been helping farmers register their previously customary land online.
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