• Project dates: 2013
  • Project sponsors : The Trust Company (2013 - 2016) and The Kirk Foundation (2017)

A ground-up and collaborative eco-enterprise project supporting research and development that recognizes the Kukukuku as highly able partners in their own development who will, over time, become fully self-sustaining.

The project gains its essence from collaborative, innovative, trans-disciplinary thinking and practice which challenges conventional narrow disciplinary boundaries.

It offers a space for working meaningfully with the community; while creating a platform for cross-sector connections with the community, education and a new global partnership.   

Project Outcomes:

Beginning in 2013, small groups of Kukukuku members presented potential projects they could start with the seed funds. These are grouped as follows:

  • Food & Agriculture
  • Health and Wholeness
  • Eco-enterprise business
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water Waste and Soil

Initial successes have given the Kukukuku people confidence and enthusiasm to identify training and processing technologies that can leverage their tribal knowledge, transfer capability to other villages, and to expand their market reach beyond their own communities.

The project gains its essence from collaborative, innovative, trans-disciplinary thinking and practice which challenges conventional narrow disciplinary boundaries.

It offers a space for working meaningfully with the community; while creating a platform for cross-sector connections with the community, education and a new global partnership.

Key People

Lead researcher

Associate Professor Yaso Nadarajah

Associate Professor Yaso Nadarajah

Associate Professor of International Development, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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