Mary Popple

  A child holds a bowl of harvested rice - photo credit Mary Popple

A child holds a bowl of harvested rice - photo credit Mary Popple

Dr Mary Popple is a member and former chair of the St Andrews Fair Trade town campaign group, and Session Clerk of St Leonard's Church in St Andrews.

She is a Director of Just Trading Scotland (JTS), an organisation based in Paisley that imports fine foods from developing countries, ensuring a fair deal for producers, and undertakes projects to improve the living conditions of smallholder farmers.

The challenges and opportunities of life in Northern Malawi: how trade justice changes lives

Mary will describe her experiences of visiting small-holder rice farmers in northern Malawi and the positive difference trade through JTS is having on the lives of families there. Looking at a number of personal stories, the session will cover the direct links between individuals working the land in Malawi and the food we eat here, as well as what you can do to get involved.