RIG NETWORK 1.Network communications and information sharing Cross sectoral links for better practice, new partnerships eg. RIG website, RIG News & Updates, workshops, email 2. Strategic research, advocacy, and practical projects Submissions – eg. National Food Plan; Partnership projects – eg. ALPA EduGrow School Garden Awards; Research – Food Systems, Climate Change, eg. Goulburn Island. Network Members? People from across top end & Central Australia; WA, NT, Qld, NSW. Get involved? Register, Volunteer, Sponsor, Partner, Network, Consultancy, Work together to develop/deliver new projects. Contact: Anthea Fawcett, RIG Network, firstname.lastname@example.org@remoteindigenousgardens.net Ph: 02 9818 1580/ 0419 478856 Visit: www.remoteindigenousgardens.net register, access info resourceswww.remoteindigenousgardens.net CDEP Regional Initiatives & Peer Learning Fund Building CDEP capacity & peer support to grow healthy food & healthy communities Workshop, Cairns
WORKSHOP AIMS CDEP Regional Initiatives & Peer Learning Fund Building CDEP capacity & peer support to grow healthy food & healthy communities Workshop, Cairns 1. To help build a CDEP network – people and projects 2. To help partner people, projects and expertise, resources 1. To grow the sustainability of CDEP projects CDEPs and community development partners who have Farms, Gardens, Bush Tucker, Nursery, Horticulture and related food and value adding projects such as markets, healthy takeaways & cafes, healthy & active lifestyle & nutrition cooking programs…
The Program: Workshop & Beyond CDEP Regional Initiatives & Peer Learning Fund Building CDEP capacity & peer support to grow healthy food & healthy communities Workshop, Cairns 1. PHASE 1: Peer workshop & lead up activities RIPL 3 Expression of Interest – Proposal The Workshop Your CDEP Questionnaire Workshop sessions – inc input to Ph 2 Field Trip Post workshop feedback – Project plans 2. PHASE 2: Networking & follow up (May – mid June) Reporting back – link-ups, people & projects Further small meetings? Email network… Possible site visits Other – workshop group
Why were here?… CDEP Regional Initiatives & Peer Learning Fund Building CDEP capacity & peer support to grow healthy food & healthy communities Workshop, Cairns 1. Health, wealth & wellbeing – diverse benefits 2. Sustainability – community projects & enterprise 3. Resilience - remoteness, climate change adaptation, food miles & costs: strengths based, food multiple benefits? 4. Build business case – social & financial case for investment - diverse benefits, investors 1. Participation – who, when & how, scale 2. Community Development – process & partnerships 3. Peer learning & support - ppf
Community resilience and wellbeing Different types of local food production activities, gardens & farms each have an important role to play to support people to live well on country… different roles, objectives, time frames & criteria for success – all are part of building long term capacity for resilience & wellbeing Commercial farms & Carbon Farming - partnerships &/or leases on Aboriginal owned land. CDEP led market garden & nursery training projects & enterprises Homeland Gardens & Farms – extended family activities School Gardens – teaching & learning, health & nutrition, life skills, environment Life Skills & Demonstration Gardens – Community Programs, key sites Home gardens – in communities & towns Landscaping & Landcare - fusion plantings, food bearing plants Copyright: RIG Network Bush food & bush medicine - projects 1. RIG Network: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & CAPACITY BUILDING
STRATEGIC CONTEXT – CDEP & FOOD GARDENS & HORTICULTURE… WHY? CDEP PROVIDERS: Engagement, Participation, Community Development, Training, Work Experience, Life skills, Jobs, Pathways to new training choices… WHY? PARTICIPANT GOALS Augment income Provide for family Provide for community Skills, jobs, interest, pleasure Cottage Industry Sole trader Small business Social Enterprise Commercial business FOOD - Who is the market? - Self & family, friends - Community & Aged services - Local food stores, markets - Local? Regional? TRAINEES – Work ready where? - Pathway to work/ training - Self? Local projects/enterprises -Agric & Hort Industry, Landcare GARDEN TRAINING – What for? -Training for training/CDEP income - Participation incubator - Community project or enterprise FOOD – How produce used? - Self & family provisioning - Share, informal sales - Sell formally FOOD - Current & future markets? - What local or regional markets? -New partners, eg. Health, RAPS. INDUSTRY – links & opportunities? - Industry ? Agriculture, Horticulture - New industry opps, eg. carbon farming, landcare, bush foods - Asset rich, enterprise poor WHAT AND WHERE IS THE MARKET/THE PATHWAYS for YOUR TRAINEES and for your PROJECT?
DRIVERS – Healthy Food & Healthy Communities Gardens, Farms, Food Projects diverse benefits Health & wellbeing Nutrition & life skills – experiential learning Good nutrition – ability to concentrate, participate Augment local food – food security Augment household income Increase F&V consumption Special dietary needs – folate, protein, anaemia – skinny kids, pregnant women Exercise & physical activity Stress & emotional health Social interaction & pleasure Environmental health Disabilities & dementia Special needs learning Healing - individuals, families, local Community development Social inclusion & participation Caring for country & culture Safe communities – surveillance Community development – projects: social & economic Potential community owned enterprise, money in community Health promotion programs Training Employment Work experience Transitional pathways Environmental health - healthier homes - dust management Landcare /Rangers
DRIVERs – Chronic Disease Prevention & MMent F&V (& lean meat) not just F&V – life savers & extenders! Too many people, dying too young from preventable disease – local food projects and enterprises food for body & soul! Up to 19% of National Indigenous health gap is attributable to diet-related causes Heart Disease - principal cause of death & of excess death among Indigenous people in Australia, and accounts for almost one-third of the life expectancy gap Poor quality diet are imp. risk factors for 3 of the 4 major causes of death in the Indigenous population (cardiovascular disease, cancer & type 2 diabetes) Contributor to alarming rates of growth in kidney disease and renal failure. Babies & infants failure to thrive. Access to nutritious food is paramount to learning, development and quality of life from conception through to old age. Nationally, Indigenous children under 4 suffer from nutritional anaemia and malnutrition at 29.6 times the rate for non-Indigenous children. High rates of nutrition-related psychological, behavioural, and social problems Women exp. high levels of emotional stress and anxiety – comparable to diabetes in terms of contributing to womens health gap.
Close The Gap Targets & Building Blocks – Dig & Food project benefits connect with them all
Food Security & Food Sovereignty CDEP Regional Initiatives & Peer Learning Fund Building CDEP capacity & peer support to grow healthy food & healthy communities Workshop, Cairns Food security: The availability of and assured access to sufficient food that is nutritionally adequate, culturally acceptable, safe, and which is obtained in socially acceptable ways. International/National debate: Mainstream market mechanisms, agribusiness, conventional modern supply chains, nutritional supplements, stores – FAO, NFP, COAG Food Security Strategy for Remote Indigenous Communities Food Security – remote communities? Food Citizenship & Food Sovereignty Focus on food for people, by people. Value diverse ways food can be produced and consumed. Values nature & culture – approp science & Tech, Traditional knowledges. Value food producers and their communities Support intergenerational and intragenerational justice – esp. non-renewable resources such as productive lands, cultural sites and water resources. Value local and regional food systems, decision-making and control. * Bottom up Healthy Communities Promotion & Community Development
The land and the sea is our food security. Food security for us is when the food of our ancestors is protected and always there for us and our children. It is also when we can easily access and afford the right non- traditional foods for a collective healthy and active life. When we are food secure we can provide, share and fulfil our responsibilities, we can choose good food knowing how to make choices and how to prepare and use it. (Good food systems: Good food for all project face to face, February 2010) A STRONG FOOD SYSTEM A strong food system defined by the community. A future without food worries, without hunger, with enough of the right food.
Four dimensions of food security Food Use Food Access Food Availability Food Security Access: means & money to buy, means to get to shop, is food evenly shared Know what to eat; Can body properly use food? Immune system, able to absorb
Sustainability & Strong Projects CDEP Regional Initiatives & Peer Learning Fund Building CDEP capacity & peer support to grow healthy food & healthy communities Workshop, Cairns STRONG PROJECTS STRONG Energy & Local Champions - TOs & Elders, Leaders - A&TI Organisations - Women, Men, Youth STRONG Energy & Local Champions - TOs & Elders, Leaders - A&TI Organisations - Women, Men, Youth STRONG Design - Culture & community - Technically current, right for local conditions - Local Market, Participants - Strengths - remoteness STRONG Design - Culture & community - Technically current, right for local conditions - Local Market, Participants - Strengths - remoteness STRONG Pathways - Participants - Project home - Staff /Managers - Finance: what pays, what can earn subsidy STRONG Pathways - Participants - Project home - Staff /Managers - Finance: what pays, what can earn subsidy STRONG Management & Governance – steps to get there STRONG Management & Governance – steps to get there STRONG Local Learnings - Past projects esp Gardens! - Local knowledge & exp. - Land, whose rights, where - Food Whose business?! STRONG Local Learnings - Past projects esp Gardens! - Local knowledge & exp. - Land, whose rights, where - Food Whose business?! STRONG Story A credible plan that stacks up - the What & Why - How & when - What do people care about STRONG Story A credible plan that stacks up - the What & Why - How & when - What do people care about STRONG Measures - Commercial/Financial - Community Indicators - CDEP Outcomes, STRONG Measures - Commercial/Financial - Community Indicators - CDEP Outcomes, STRONG Community Development Linkages & Partnerships
SNAPSHOT – What youve asked for CDEP Regional Initiatives & Peer Learning Fund Building CDEP capacity & peer support to grow healthy food & healthy communities Workshop, Cairns 1.What to grow in our immediate area – grows well, is high yielding 2.Wet season production and gardening in high rainfall areas 3.Lack of motivation by CDEP participants how to tackle 4.Vandalism – non-growers picking produce too soon 5.Funding – for plants and material 6.Access to skilled people – to get programs up & running, up-skill community 7.Governance – for sustainability, to provide community with skills for longevity 8.We are new to this – dont have expertise, want to outsource, to see whats available 9.To soak up info, ensure we do it well, build partnerships & networks for sustainability 10.Production horticulture for where we are – not small scale permaculture 11.How to run a vegetable market stall 12.How to find relevant funding opportunities 13.Processing & packaging requirements for farm produce if retail sale is intended 14.Possibility of community gardens selling to stores? How best approach 15.How can we have some cross-cultural treaties through working arrangements?