On 2nd July 2022, Central England Coop launched "Our Malawi Partnership" with 3 Nutcellars products alongside products from partner brands supporting farmer cooperatives in Malawi such as HIMACUL.
We are matching Coop's commitment of a penny in a pound from every Fair Trade product they sell. The Coop will be supporting cooperatives in Malawi through this international Coop fund, in partnership with the Coop College and MAFECO.
Nutcellars' commitment of a penny in a pound for products we sell through the Coop will be used to support tree planting and the commercialisation of HIMACUL, through our partner charity The Neno Macadamia Trust.
Nutcellars macadamia nuts are from smallholder farmers in Malawi. By buying our products you are directly supporting them to plant more trees.
Macadamia nuts are among the healthiest in the world with unrivalled levels of monounsaturated fats.
Malawi is the 5th largest producer of macadamia nuts in the world, with an emerging movement of smallholder farmer co-operatives. One of the poorest countries in the world, this landlocked south eastern African country has traditionally exported tea, coffee and tobacco.
Along with his parents, our grandfather, David Emmott, moved from England to Malawi in 1953. Granny Sue joined five years later and they were married that year. Together the two generations built up a smallholder potato production in Neno, before moving to the Thyolo district to join a tea estate in 1959.
A forward-thinking group of smallholder farmers began growing macadamia in the highlands of Malawi in the 1970s.
In the 1990s, the Emmott family helped their foreman Timothy Kantitu start growing this crop in the Neno district. The central and northern district farmers started in the 2000s and now many farmers are trading through district co-operatives co-ordinated by HIMACUL.
The Neno Macadamia Trust (NMT) was founded in 2004 by David Emmott, built on the support that he and his father had been providing to the district since the 1950s. This support involved help establishing the potato, rice and tangerine industries - the success of these leading to the first planting of macadamia in the district in 1992.
Macadamia nuts don't just taste great, they are also extremely versatile and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.
Take a look at our macadamia nut recipes for inspiration.
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