Reference Number: AT.2.1718054
CRCNA Funding: $70,909 (ex GST)
Total project value: $266,739 (ex GST)
Project length: 1 year
Finish date: 30 June 2019

Participants

  • CSIRO
  • Kimberley Land Council
  • Girringun Aboriginal Corporation
  • Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre (TIEC)
  • In-Group Investments
  • James Cook University
  • Australian Native Food and Botanicals

Summary

This project is led by an Indigenous Steering Committee with advice from industry and government.  It will design a Strategic Sector Development and Research Priority Framework to guide the strategic growth of the Traditional Owner-led Bush Products sector in northern Australia.  This framework will be developed from a review of relevant literature and the outcomes of a workshop with key Indigenous organisations to consider sector-wide opportunities, challenges, and priorities.  It will include considerations of Indigenous IP and future protection of cultural knowledge in line with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing.

The project is led by an Indigenous Steering Committee comprised of representatives from four Indigenous organisations from northern Australia, with support from the CSIRO/JCU research team and additional guidance from industry (ANFAB) and government.

This project will address the existing knowledge gap by adopting a mixed method approach:

1) Conduct a snapshot review of the relevant academic, practitioner and grey literature (with guidance from the Steering Committee and Advisors) to determine base condition, potential opportunities, risk and key development priorities for the sector.

2) Design and run a workshop with key Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations from the sector (identified and selected by the Steering Committee) to further consider sector-wide opportunities, challenges, barriers (and possible solutions), and development priorities to support sector-wide development.

3) Design a Strategic Sector Development and Research Priority Framework (incorporating an investment strategy) to guide the strategic growth of the sector. This will build on the potential opportunities, key development priorities and potential solutions to challenges identified in 1) and 2). This would include consideration of Indigenous IP; future protection of cultural knowledge, and generational of royalties in line with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS).

Expected outcomes:

  • A Traditional Owner Network to guide the future growth of the TO-led Bush Products Sector
  • A framework to provide the focus for ongoing investment in the Traditional Owner-led sector and create opportunities for the development of new enterprises and greater engagement with investors.
  • Improved capabilities and wellbeing of the Northern Australian community through support for the development of Indigenous enterprises which provide opportunities for Indigenous employment throughout a wholly Indigenous owned supply chain.
  • 5 per cent  growth in the sector in the first year.