In the year that the Commonwealth Games comes to Scotland, the Forum will be exploring the Fair Trade links between Scotland and the Commonwealth. The Forum invited Isaac Baidoo and Lydia Agyei of the Kuapa Kokoo Co-operative in Commonwealth country, Ghana, to visit Scotland to discuss their Fair Trade links.
They had a varied visit to Scotland including meeting campaigners, civic leaders, Fair Trade shops, college students, school children and members of the Ghanaian community in Scotland.
They attended community events with Fair Trade campaigners in Airdrie and Ullapool and visited schools in Glasgow and Ullapool. Issac and Lydia met a range of political and civic leaders to discuss the importance of Fair Trade including International Development Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP; the Lord Provosts of Edinburgh and Glasgow; the Leader of Glasgow City Council and several MSPs at the Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament.
Young people discussed Fair Trade with Issac and Lydia at New Lanarkshire College in Cumbernauld; Mount Florida Primary School in Glasgow; and the Primary and High Schools in Ullapool.
Issac and Lydia were also interested to meet businesses here in Scotland that sell Divine Chocolate made with cocoa from Kuapa Kokoo and visited Green City Wholefoods and Roots ‘n’ Fruits in Glasgow, the Balmore Coach House, the One World Shop in Edinburgh and the West Coast Delicatessen in Ullapool. They also took part in a one day conference on Fair Trade and Africa at the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre.
On World Fair Trade Day, Issac and Lydia took part in the Fair Trade Fiesta in Edinburgh and led the parade along with the Lord Provost and Scottish Government Minister from the City Chambers to Princes Street Gardens for the Fiesta. On the evening of World Fair Trade Day they enjoyed a celebratory African meal with representatives of the Ghana Welfare Association based in Glasgow.