Fair trading Malawi for Strathbungo

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THE focus for non-profit shop Locavore may be on locally-grown food — but the Strathbungo store received visitors from further afield this week.

The social enterprise was on the itinerary for two rice farmers from Malawi, visiting Glasgow as part of a Just Trading Scotland tour.

Howard Msukwa and Susen Ndende met southside councillor Susan Aitken and Locavore founder Reuben Chesters to discuss the differences between food production in the two countries, and selling fair trade rice in more Scottish stores.

Councillor Aitken told The Extra: “Locavore is a local food growing project, so there was a lot to talk about. It’s been a really good visit, full of ideas to take forward, and hopefully there’s a larger market for fair trade rice from Malawi. I’m looking forward to trying it myself.”

Howard, a lead farmer for the Kaporo small holder farmers association, offered a favourable impression of his latest visit to Scotland, commenting: “You have fair thinking about others here — even people you don’t know.

“Fair trade and supporting others is important to you — this kind of thinking reminds me that the Scottish are fair.”

Just Trading Scotland facilitates the import and distribution of fair trade products into the UK, including brown and white rice from farmers like Howard and Susen.

The Paisley-based charity maintains a special focus on Malawi, where rice is grown as a cash crop — successful rice production allows farmers to improve their land and access transport and secondary education for their children.

For more info, visit www.justtradingscotland.co.uk.