From the Region For the Region (FrFr) Initiative
The vision of the fRfR initiative is to create an all-inclusive circular economy within the K2C BR. This we do through a variety of projects with partners in various sectors.
Some of the current projects include:
Hoedspruit Farmers Market
The K2C BR has created a space for an average of 75 entrepreneurs to get together on a monthly basis and sell their wares to the public. The market takes place on the 1st Saturday of every month at The Farm House on the R527.
Informal Market Access
The fRfR team has done various studies on viable activities that could assist in establishing market access for smallholder farmers within the region. One of the best and most successful market access opportunities remains the informal market. Here we are supporting by connecting informal traders and smallholder farmers, helping them to align better.
In collaboration with private recyclers, the fRfR team is in the process of enabling a group of waste reclaimers to establish an innovative waste buy back centre in the Maruleng Municipality. This buy back centre will be a pilot site for an exciting plastic credit pilot project and will work on adding value to plastic waste.
Hoedspruit Food Network
Linking strongly with tourism and market access interventions, the fRfR team is working towards supporting the food scene in Hoedspruit. This in turn will encorage market access of locally produced and regenerative agriculture in the biosphere as well as offer a culinary experience to tourists visting the region.
The team will also be working on registering some the area as a UNESCO gastronomy town, because of the unique local products and food offerings available.
The fRfR team is hard at work on various tourism related activities. Firstly, supporting the creation of various community-based and run tourism operations offering authentic tourism experiences. These include:
- Badinkwanyane Tourism in Phiring
- Homestays in Phiring
- Octopus horse riding centre
The team is also supporting the formation of the Maruleng Tourism Association, which will form part of a broader network with other tourism associations within the Biosphere.
Lastly, the team is also working on establishing the K2C Biosphere as a Green Tourism Destination through Green Destinations. Watch this space for more details.