Increasing Participation of Indigenous Women in the Native Ag+Food Sector
In partnership with:
Food Futures Company is working to increase Indigenous women’s engagement in the native ag+food sector, to create a fair and equitable future led by the traditional guardians, Indigenous women.
The native ag+food sector is fundamental to Indigenous cultural and social identity. The lack of participation by Indigenous people (and women in particular) is likely to be impacting on their ability to secure economic, health, cultural and social benefits for themselves and their communities.
By breaking down the barriers: gender, cultural background, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, we can create opportunities that align with Indigenous women’s subjective wellbeing: connection to Country and culture.
Due to the lack of opportunity by First Nations people with 2% of the native ag and food sector owned by First Nations Peoples compounded by less than 0.2% of all Australian businesses being operated by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander women in 2011 (ABS, 2015: ‘A Profile of Australian Women in Business’) - something needs to changes.
Our response to this challenge? A national Native Ag+Food Entrepreneurship Pathway Program aiming to empower Indigenous girls and women with the confidence, knowledge, and entrepreneurial skills they need to successfully launch new ventures and/or participate in tech-based careers across the native ag+food value chain.