Development of the good food planning tool: A food system approach to food security in indigenous Australian remote communities

Julie Brimblecombe, Christel van den Boogaard, Beverley Wood, Selma C. Liberato, Jacqui Brown, Adam Barnes, Alison Rogers, John Coveney, Jan Ritchie, Ross Bailie

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Few frameworks exist to assist food system planning, especially for Indigenous Australian remote communities. We developed a Good Food Planning Tool to support stakeholders to collectively plan and take action for local food system improvement. Development occurred over a four-year period through an evolving four phase participatory process that included literature review, several meetings with representatives of various organisations and communities and application of the Tool with multi-sector groups in each of four Indigenous Australian remote communities. A diverse range of 148 stakeholders, 78 of whom were Indigenous, had input to its development. Five food system domains: (i) Leadership and partnerships; (ii) Traditional food and local food production; (iii) Food businesses; (iv) Buildings, public places and transport; (v) Community and services and 28 activity areas form the framework of the Tool. The Good Food Planning Tool provides a useful framework to facilitate collective appraisal of the food system and to identify opportunities for food system improvement in Indigenous Australian remote communities, with potential for adaptation for wider application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-62
Number of pages9
JournalHealth & Place
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Food security
  • Food system assessment
  • Food systems
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Multi-sectoral

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