desertSMART Regional Food Summit

The desertSMART Regional Food Summit is an event for anyone with an interest in Central Australia’s food system. The Summit is a forum where business, government, producers, distributors, food retailers and community groups can come together to discuss meeting the challenges of feeding Central Australia’s residents in a context of changing climate, fluctuating markets and rising oils prices over the coming decades.

The first ever desertSMART Regional Food Summit held on August 13th 2012 at Olive Pink Botanical Gardens was a great success with nearly 50 participants on the day including Alice Springs residents and a range of local and national businesses and organisations with an interest in the future of the food system in Alice Springs.

Photo courtesy of Jeanette Wormald (Desert Knowledge Australia, Outback Business Networks)

The event was proudly hosted by desertSMART COOLmob, and supported by the Arid Lands Environment Centre, Alice Springs Community Gardens Network, The NT Government Department for Natural Resources, the Environment and the Arts, the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network, Australian Red Cross, Desert Knowledge Australia Outback Business Networks, the Centre for Appropriate Technology, the Desert People’s Centre Social Enterprise Hub, Desert Park, the NT Government Department of Health and Red Hot Arts.

The 2012 Summit was filmed, and footage will be available on this website shortly.

A full program for the day and other available resources can be accessed below. A Summit discussion paper will be available through this website once compiled.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the follow up meetings from the summit – further details can be found here.




Photo/Video Gallery (TBA)