CPG on Malawi- 29th March 2017

29 Mar 2017

The next meeting of the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Malawi will take place on Wednesday 29th March, at the Scottish Parliament from 6-8pm.

To book your place at the meeting please email info(at)scotland-malawipartnership.org.

This special CPG meeting will form part of the SMP’s #BuyMalawian2017 campaign, helping to build Scottish markets for Malawian products.

This will be a lively and engaging CPG in which we’ll be hearing from Malawian producers and distributers, discussing the real human impact this is having in Malawi and (best of all) trying each of the 15 Malawian products.

This meeting will also formally launch Malawi’s Linga Fruit Wines into Scotland.  At the risk of jeopardising the all-party support (!), we’re going to have a competition between the five Holyrood parties, with a representative from each undertaking our blind-tasting challenge to identify the Malawian fruit behind each wine.  

Linga Wine is yet another amazing story of Scotland-Malawi cooperation and friendship, 50 years in the making.  It began in 1965 when Rev Tom Colvin, an engineer and missionary from Glasgow and an enthusiastic fruit wine maker, took up the position of Chaplain at the new University of Malawi.   When communion wine stocks ran low (!), Rev Colvin shared his passion for fruit wine-making with Timothy Ngwira, a student of Chemistry and Biology at the university.   In 1970 Rev Colvin married Timothy Ngwira to Margaret Gunn, a Scottish VSO volunteer from Lennoxtown, later giving them all the equipment and literature to start their own small scale fruit wine production.  In 1978 the Ngwiras started wine  making.  They registered the company Linga Fine Foods and Winery in 2005 and after almost 40 years of hand-crafting fruit wine, they are starting to export to Scotland!

In our meeting we will have a video link with Timothy Ngwira (Malawian) and his wife Margaret Ngwira (Scottish), who have produced the wine for 40+ years.  They’ll talk us through the blind-tasting from Malawi.

The meeting will be used to:

  • discuss the role of trade in promoting sustainable economic development in Malawi
  • highlight Malawian products that are for sale in Scotland. Taster samples of snacks and drinks will be available
  • tell attendees about our #BuyMalawian2017 campaign.

By buying Malawian products you get to enjoy great quality, as well as supporting Malawian farmers, entrepreneurs and small businesses. This enables the creation and sustainability of livelihoods right across the supply chain. If that wasn't enough, if you take part in #BuyMalawian2017 you could be in with the chance of winning a dream holiday to Malawi! All details about the campaign can be found here

More information on the agenda for the meeting will be made available soon. If you would like to register your interest in attending please email

The  Buy Malawian  campaign is going well, with over half a million impressions on social media, over 1,000 votes for selfies on our website, and 26 selfies with MSPs (including yourself).  We have had good coverage in the Scotsman and Third Force News about the campaign.  Even pop star Gareth Gates has submitted a #BuyMalawian selfie!  All of this is making a huge difference to support the Malawian economy.