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Mapuru Food Cooperative Community Initiative

 

Overview

The Mapuru Food Cooperative Community Initiative provides nutritious food for a remote Eastern Arnhem land community in the Northern Territory.

The community initiative was led by Mapuru Elders in 1982, who were concerned about the lack of affordable food. The nearest store required travel via plane to get to, and there is no road access to the community during the wet season. The cooperative involves purchasing non-perishable food in bulk from Darwin, and then selling it on for a reasonable and affordable price to the local community.

The reason no perishable foods are included, was to encourage sustainable hunting, fishing and gathering of foods, that are traditionally available on the land.

There are no soft drinks, cordials, lollies, chocolates, chips, oils, butters or margarine sold from the cooperative, and there is an emphasis on foods low in fat, sugar and salt, high in fibre and omega 3. 

Achievements of the initiative include:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Contacts

John Greatorex
Email: john.greatorex@cdu.edu.au

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Last updated: 6 November 2017
 
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