Media release: Malawian coffee growers visit Scotland to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2018

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THE Scottish Fair Trade Forum is hosting two Malawian representatives from Mzuzu Coffee to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and to further Malawian Fair Trade links to Scotland.

Mzuzu Coffee is a coffee planters co-operative which champions empowerment of their smallholder coffee growers producing coffee for coffee drinkers in Scotland and across the globe.

he Scottish Fair Trade Forum, the national network organisation for Fair Trade campaigners and businesses will be hosting Bernard Kaunda, acting chief executive and Christopher Gondwe, auality and processing executive. They will both be bringing lots of knowledge and stories to share of the benefits of Fair Trade.

Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 26 February to 11 March 2018.

Throughout this time, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum will be working with Bernard and Christopher to raise awareness of Fair Trade through events across Scotland, including in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Stirling and Perth and to further Malawian links to Scotland.

These events will involve different sectors of Scottish society including schools, universities, businesses, campaign organisations and local Fair Trade groups. You can check the Scottish Fair Trade Forum’s events calendar on their website for events taking place near you to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

Bernard and Christopher will be present at numerous events so we encourage you to come on in and listen to their story!

Bernard Kaunda, acting chief executive of Mzuzu Coffee, said: “We are here to bring the message that Fair Trade is about more than the price and cost of products. We want to tell Scotland about the values of Fair Trade and the positive impact it has on farmers and we are happy to further forge he links between Malawi and Scotland.”

Martin Rhodes, director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, said: “In Scotland, we continue to develop our Fair Trade links with the world – it is a huge privilege to welcome our visitors from Malawi this Fairtrade Fortnight to celebrate and strengthen our Fair Trade links.”

The theme of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnights is ‘come on in’. The campaign run by the Fairtrade Foundation encourages people to use the Fortnight to reflect on the impact that exploitation has on farmers’ lives and to inspire others to learn more about Fair Trade.



Hannah Ross, 07393 321 232,

Scottish Fair Trade Forum on Twitter: @FairTradeNation

Notes for editors:

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum was founded in 2007 to help Scotland achieve and maintain its status as a Fair Trade Nation. Through its work with other Fair Trade bodies in the UK and beyond, the organisation engages directly with many Fair Trade groups, schools, universities, local authorities and others to support ongoing fair trade activity and encourage it to grow stronger.

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is a Scottish charity (SC039883) and a Scottish company (SC337384). Registered office: Robertson House, 152 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4TB.

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