Photo courtesy of Ann Shanley, Kindred Spirits Enterprises – T.H.E.

Reference Number: AT.2.171.8031
CRCNA Funding: $500, 000
Total project value:  $ 2,712,500
Project length: 3 years
Finish date: 31 March 2021

Participants

  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), University of Queensland
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Kimberley Institute Pty Ltd
  • Kindred Spirits Enterprises Pty Ltd – Traditional Homeland Enterprises (T. H. E.)
  • Tharmarrurr Development Corporation
  • Bawinaga Aboriginal Corporation
  • Delye Outstation in the Northern Territory and communities in the Kimberley WA

Summary

This project brings together existing partners the UQ QAAFI, Kindred Spirits Enterprises – Traditional Homeland Enterprises (T.H.E.) and Charles Darwin University to review the existing value chains within the established Kakadu plum (KP) industry to address the issue of supplying consistently high quality KP products to ensure a more reliable supply of products which can better capture market access and grow customer loyalty.

Existing Aboriginal suppliers of KP in the Thamarrurr Region of NT and the Kimberley region of WA will work with researchers to undertake an extensive review of the existing value chain by mapping, analysing and identifying efficiencies, identifying impediments and solutions to overcome them. Innovative solutions to local processing and maintaining fruit quality will be trialled and new commercial applications will be developed.

In addition to identifying production and facilities enhancements, the project will also work to develop training tools for product costing, start-up businesses, hygienic processing of food and quality assurance.

Expected outcomes

  • A 5 per cent increase in KPs reaching markets in prime condition due to enhanced training and system improvements.
  • Forecast analysis shows a 10 per cent per annum increase in demand and production growth of all KP products nationally and internationally.
  • The value of the KP industry is forecast to increase to $10 million in the next five years – it is expected the project to contribute to about 10 per cent of the growth.
  • Improved training and systems development, including 15 rangers in safe food handling and 30 community members in business and product costing, will enable community members to create an economic flow back into communities and provide a pathway to roll out this training in establishing small businesses to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Northern Australia.
  • Development of new products will enable new market access.
  • Adoption of agribusiness micro-enterprise model for other native food products will ensure a greater participation by indigenous communities and generate confidence in mainstream agriculture companies to purchase these value-added products.
  • Within 5 years the value chain model and IP and Benefit Sharing is expected to be adopted by at least 20 communities growing to 40 communities throughout Australia within 10 years.