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Free entry to the Fair Trade Experience with The List.

Words: Allan Radcliffe

Over the past few years, politicians and retailers have been working hard to cement Scotland’s reputation as a fair trade nation. It’s not often, however, that the country’s consumers get the chance to see the effects of their ethical buying in action.

On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall will play host to Scotland’s biggest celebration of Fair Trade with the fifth annual Fair Trade Experience, which this year highlights the burgeoning links between Scotland and Malawi.

Among this year’s visiting key speakers are two Fair Trade producers from Malawi. They are Dyborn Chibonga, who works with peanut farmers through the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawiland and Brian Namata, who represents a group of smallholder sugar farmers in the south of the country. Both will discuss the positive impact that Fair Trade consumers in Scotland are having on their lives.

And it doesn’t end there. The two day event also hosts live world music and features free craft activities for kids, an extensive Malawi photographic exhibition and a number of stalls offering Fair Trade food and drink, jewellery, clothes and crafts all made by small scale producers in the developing world. Interested parties can also hook up with the Global Banner Procession, which leaves George Square at 12.45pm on Saturday 3 March having already crossed 60 countries since leaving Mumbai in January 2004.

The Fair Trade Experience takes place at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Strathclyde Suite). Entry is £1 (kids go free). However the organisers are offering lucky List readers free entry to the event with their copy of the magazine.

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