Commercialisation and IP Management - Recent Project
Information = Power:
A Value Chain Walk-through to Empower Indigenous Desert Business
Bush harvest of Solanum Centrale (Bush Tomato) for financial return has been occurring in central Australia for 25 years. During that time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander involvement has remained largely static, as has their lack of empowerment in the industry.
This project sought to redress the balance by providing a combination of active, experiential learning and quality information transfer.
Ninti One took a small group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander harvesters of Solanum Centrale on a physical journey along the 'Bush Tomato Value Chain'.
Travelling from desert to supermarket, those who supply the majority of the base product - but who receive the least information and financial return - could experience what happens to 'their' product at each step of the process and see who benefits along the way.
Such activities undertaken in international contexts have shown to develop higher levels of information sharing, trust and reciprocity as well as increasing information flow along the value chain.
Participants left with increased knowledge in the value chain of their product.
A workshop and documentation of the walk-through has enabled a wide dissemination of the information and learning gained, thereby increasing opportunities for greater empowerment and involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants in the bush foods industry.