We launched our #BuyMalawian2018 campaign on the 5th March at Kirklandneuk Primary School, Renfrew, with the school’s choir singing a selection of Malawian songs.
This was an external facing event with strong community engagement, with support from the local MP, MSPs and the local Council.
Kirklandneuk Primary held a Malawian coffee morning to encourage more people to buy Malawian food and drink products, to support sustainable economic development in Malawi.
The school first began to develop its own partnership with Malawi in late 2014, when they supported a Classrooms for Malawi charity project in the African country.
The event welcomed Malawian farmers, local politicians, parents, and members of the community.
Bernard Kaunda, Chief Executive of Mzuzu Coffee, who spoke at the event, said:
“Scotland and Malawi have a long history dating back to Dr David Livingstone. It is wonderful to be here in Scotland to celebrate these links and help promote Malawian coffee.”
Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay (SNP) said:
“Scotland and Malawi enjoy a close friendship, and through Scottish Government funding and the work of organisations such as SMP, a range of projects have been successfully delivered.
“These projects are helping improve lives and communities in Malawi with things such as assisting in the training healthcare professionals, improving trade and tourism networks with Scotland and setting up educational links.
“I am delighted so many Renfrewshire schools, including my old school of Kirklandneuk, have a link with Malawi. This is also helping to inform and inspire local youngsters to be good and conscientious global citizens.”
Maurice Golden MSP (Conservatives) said:
“Scotland and Malawi have a strong partnership, and I am delighted to be able to offer my support in strengthening it further. One way of doing that is through Fairtrade, which allows us to support farmers and entrepreneurs in Malawi along with the Scottish retailers who sell their products.
“By investing in Malawi, buying their goods, visiting the country and helping them tackle serious issues like climate change we are helping them build a better and more sustainable future. That benefits both the people of Malawi, and ourselves – their success is our success."