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The Mapuru Food Cooperative Project provides nutritious food for a remote Eastern Arnhem land community in the Northern Territory.
The project was initiated by Elders on Elcho Island, 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 food in bulk from Darwin, and then selling it on for a reasonable and affordable price to the local community.
There are no soft drinks, cordials, oils, butters or margarines 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 project include:
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