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An analysis of the use of plant products for commerce in remote Aboriginal communities of northern Australia

Gorman, Julian, Griffiths, Anthony and Whitehead, Peter J. (2006). An analysis of the use of plant products for commerce in remote Aboriginal communities of northern Australia. Economic Botany: devoted to applied botany and plant utilization,60(4):362-373.

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Title An analysis of the use of plant products for commerce in remote Aboriginal communities of northern Australia
Author Gorman, Julian
Griffiths, Anthony
Whitehead, Peter J.
Journal Name Economic Botany: devoted to applied botany and plant utilization
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 60
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1874-9364   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 362
End Page 373
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication Bronx, NY
Publisher New York Botanical Garden Press
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
0607 - Plant Biology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The indigenous people of Australia have a long and well-documented history of using native plants as an essential component of their customary economy. However, few have engaged successfully in commerce based on native plant use. Recently there has been an increasing interest in exploring options for use of native plants for food, food additives, botanical medicines, and related purposes. In this paper, we determine the issues important to Aboriginal people in enterprise development utilizing plant products, and we define some of the factors affecting progress in realizing opportunities. The Aboriginal people with whom we have worked appear to prefer small-scale enterprises where they have community ownership of ideas and control of the rate and direction of development. Government could play a larger and more active role through supporting additional research and marketing information, providing training, and better matching policy and legislation to support indigenous development and reduce dependence of welfare.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1663/0013-0001(2006)60[362:AAOTUO]2.0.CO;2   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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