The First Nations Portfolio and Fenner School of Environment & Society have completed a landmark baseline study that is a preliminary examination and delineation of the agricultural capacity of the Indigenous Estate.
First Nations people have legal interests to greater than 57% of Australia’s land mass yet their participation in primary industries is minimal. The purpose of the study is to attain a better understanding of the relationship between First Nations primary production enterprises and larger Australian primary industries, focusing primarily on agriculture. The study identifies that:
- While a significant amount of primary production occurs on the First Nations Estate, a significant majority of this is not undertaken by First Nations primary production enterprises;
- There is still a relatively small, but emerging and unique First Nations primary production industry that is diverse, increasingly financially sustainable, and delivering significant cultural, environmental and social benefits to local First Nations communities; and
- There is opportunity to grow the First Nations primary production industry so that it makes a significant and unique contribution to the growth targets of Australian primary industries – beyond what the agricultural industry or the Australian Government have contemplated.
To achieve this mutually beneficial outcome for Australia’s First Nations people and their agricultural industry, a concerted effort needs to be made to better understand: the nature and extent of agricultural production that takes place on the Indigenous Estate; the nature and extent of the First Nations primary production industry; opportunities to accelerate First Nations agricultural capability development; and, attraction of social impact and other Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) oriented investment to the emerging sector. This effort needs to be overseen and driven by a multi-stakeholder, mission-oriented industry development governance framework.
Baseline Study: Agricultural Capacity of the Indigenous Estate
Case Studies Report: Baseline Study – Agricultural Capacity of the Indigenous Estate
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