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The Rice Connection - Kilombero Farmer Visit

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 08:15

When speaking of development, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie once said of Africa that it was not a place where 'people need limp gifts of fish, but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond.' Communities need to be able to develop sustainable livelihoods and have fair access to what it at present a very unfair global trading system. Just Trading Scotland is doing just that by buying rice from Kilombero rice farmers in Malawi at a fair price.

Most of us by now are very familiar with Just Trading's 90kg Kilombero rice challenge, where schools agree to sell 90kg of rice. By doing this, pupils support communities in Malawi whilst developing enterprise skills and learning about real world issues.

In June, we were very lucky to be able to welcome Howard Msukwa, a Kilombero rice farmer and John Riches from Just Trading Scotland to Highland One World in Inverness to meet teachers and community members. Howard spoke about the challenges people living in Malawi face such as inequality, climate change and unfair trade. He also explained that the fair price they recieve for their rice enables them to invest in their homes, farms and children's education. Howard also brought the good news that the rice is now much more widely available to buy in CO-OPs in Invergordon and Inverness (Monarch's View and Wester Inshes). This means that not only will you be able to sit down to a delicious meal, you will be standing up for the rights of Howard and farming communities in northern Malawi.

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