Date: Friday, 6 March 2020
Time: 2.30 pm - 5 pm
Location: Edinburgh City Chambers, EH1 1YJ
About the event
Co-hosted by Scottish Fair Trade Forum and as part of their 'She Deserves Fairtrade Fortnight' campaign, the Scotland Malawi Partnership would like to invite those with agriculture and food security knowledge or links in Malawi to the Agriculture and Food Security Forum.
The meeting will explore the topics of Fairtrade, with a focus on women’s empowerment in agriculture and food security.
We are also delighted to be welcoming two special guests who are members of the Kasinthula Cane Growers Association (KCG) in Malawi.
- Ms Ndiuzayani Zaya: the daughter of a sugar farmer and was supported by Fairtrade for both her primary and tertiary education.
- Mr Aubrey Chilenje: a sugar farmer with KCG since 2005.
Attendance is through registration only, book your tickets here.
- Kasinthula Cane Growers’ Association (KCG), located in southern Malawi, is a smallholder sugar cane project that has been Fairtrade certified since 2002.
- KCG supplies Divine Chocolate with sugar and we will be bringing along some Divine chocolate to taste at the meeting!
- Fairtrade Fortnight is organised each year by the Fairtrade Foundation and is celebrated across the UK.
- This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (24 February to 8 March) campaign “She Deserves” aims to highlight the plight of women who grow commodity products such as cocoa and sugar. Women often carry out a lot of the work in farming communities but can be paid less than men and have fewer rights. Fairtrade Standards make sure that women farmers have a voice in their community and can participate in decision-making and advance to leadership roles to benefit the whole community.
- This Fairtrade Fortnight, the Fairtrade Foundation will mainly explore the theme of female empowerment and living incomes using the example of cocoa. The UK chocolate industry is worth at least £4 billion annually but in countries such as Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana where most of the world’s cocoa is grown, farmers are earning well below the extreme poverty line of around £1.40 per day.
About the hosts
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum works to help make Scotland a nation which is a global leader in challenging global poverty and recognises the dignity and rights of producers through a commitment to fairness in international trading.
The Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) is the national civil society network coordinating, supporting and representing the people-to-people links between our two nations. They represent a community of 109,000 Scots with active links to Malawi, with over 1,000 member organisations and key individuals.