Terminalia ferdinandiana (Kakadu plum) as an Indigenous agribusiness for northern Australia

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

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Across the world’s rangelands, livelihoods of millions of people are dependent on customary and commercial use of wildlife. Many Australian Aboriginal communities aspire towards developing natural resource-based enterprises but there is a unique combination of historical, legislative and institutional factors that make this process complex. Wild harvest of Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) is an emerging industry across northern Australia that has the potential for significant growth. The aim of this research is to identify issues that will affect this growth into an Indigenous agribusiness. It does this through a case study of a 15-year-old enterprise based on Kakadu Plum products by the Indigenous people of the Thamarrurr Region of the Northern Territory, Australia. It explores the opportunities and barriers to the growth of the Kakadu plum industry; the generic development approach that Aboriginal enterprises have taken; the potential of a scaling up of customary harvest of other native plant products as a new agricultural paradigm; the importance of early community engagement in community-based enterprise; and the need to better understand the reproductive biology of T. ferdinandiana to improve fruit yields.
Effective start/end date30/08/15 → …


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