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Malawian Visitors Given Fairtrade Guide

Two African farmers who arrived in Scotland to spread the Fairtrade message will be heading home clutching a little bit of Renfrewshire.

Howard Chikoma Msukwa and Henry Rosturd Kalomba visited the area as part of a tour of Scotland to talk about the positive impact Fairtrade has had on their home country of Malawi.

They popped into Renfrewshire Council’s headquarters in Paisley to meet members of the area’s Fairtrade Steering Group – and were presented with copies of the Fairtrade Guide to Renfrewshire.

The guide highlights the work carried out to promote Fairtrade in Renfrewshire and contains a full list of all local outlets which stock Fairtrade products.

It was produced by the steering group, which is made of representatives from the council, businesses, schools and community groups.

Howard and Henry have been touring Scotland throughout April in partnership with the Scottish Fairtrade Forum and Just Trading Scotland, a Fairtrade wholesale company based at Wallneuk in Paisley.

A council spokesperson said: “We were delighted to welcome Howard and Henry to Renfrewshire. Meeting them and hearing at first hand about the challenges they face really brings home why the Fairtrade campaign matters.

“They talked about issues affecting them in their work as rice producers in their homeland, and in turn, heard about some of the efforts to raise awareness of Fairtrade in Renfrewshire.”

Throughout 2012, the Renfrewshire Fairtrade Steering Group is backing the ‘Take a Step for Fairtrade’ campaign, which asks people to look at the small everyday steps they can take to make a difference around the world.

To find out how you can get involved, copies of the Fairtrade Guide to Renfrewshire can be downloaded from www.renfrewshire.gov.uk