Aboriginal people, predominantly women in remote communities, have been involved in the regional bushfoods industry by harvesting seed on Country for over 40 years. In ‘the 1970s a cash-based trade in bush seeds developed (Merne Altyerre-ipenhe Reference Group et al., 2011) and this seasonal harvesting work has been led by Aboriginal women.
The Bushfoods Industry in Central Australia established on the work of up to 300-500 Aboriginal women harvesting seed in over 16 communities (Walsh and Douglas, 2011). Seed from the central desert regional has assisted in the growth of the national bushfoods industry from the 1980’s.
First National Bushfoods and Botanicals Alliance Australia (FNBBAA)is a 100% female-led charity currently developing our head office in Alice Springs with the support of the Northern Territory Government.
This project seeks to create an Indigenous female-led bushfoods and botanicals Retail and Tourist destination which will require (fit-out, stocking and staff) to develop the initial commercial retail space.
This space will showcase Indigenous bushfood & botanical products made by Aboriginal women. We also aim to establish a processing and education program, including a mobile division that focuses on educational product development for women in remote communities nationally.
Concurrently, we are also planning to co-warehouse with an Indigenous food business in Brisbane to develop an Aboriginal women’s produce and products market initiative to cater for initial Singapore clients to supply and provide an ethical and direct Indigenous produce supply chain market place.
Our project focus is to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through education, training in the creation of sustainable commercial enterprises pertaining to bushfood and botanicals.
With an all female Board and CEO FNBBAA is leading the way in maintaining all precious cultural important knowledge and relations to the land and their native foods.
After all, “Plant Business is Women’s Business”