Malawi helps Glasgow poor

A rice field in Malawi.
A rice field in Malawi.

Local foodbanks throughout Glasgow are set to benefit from a massive amount of rice from Malawi, thanks to help from Glasgow City Council.

The rice, from Karonga, is the product of the Kampora Smallholder Farmers Association: a co-operative founded in 2001.

Glasgow’s lord provost, Sadie Docherty, wil present a total of 480 kilo bags of rice to the charities.

Most of the rice was collected by councill staff participating in the Malawi Rice 90 Kilo Challenge during Fairtrade Fortnight earlier this year.

Councillor Docherty said: “I’m delighted to be able to donate this rice to local foodbanks.

“I’m extremely proud that the notion came directly from our staff involved in the Malawi Rice 90 Kilo Challenge: they said they wanted their purchases to go to a local foodbank.

“So, it is really a virtuous circle, helping people in Malawi and here at home.”

Representatives from seven foodbanks across the city will be in George Square at 11.30am today to receive the rice.

The remainder was donated by Just Trading Scotland — a Scottish government-supported importer and distributor of Fair Trade products, including Malawian rice.

It raised the remaining third with the support of singer SoomT (AKA Sumati Bhardwaj), a Glasgow-based musician who launched a KKL Smart Giving page appealing to her fans to her fans for their support.