What is Fairtrade?
Small-scale farmers and producers in the developing world often bear the costs and risks of trade, while global companies make the profits. Fairtrade products such as tea, cocoa, bananas and thousands of other top quality goods have been bought by companies for sustainable prices.
Fairtrade ensures the world’s poorest growers and producers are able to earn a decent living and earn a premium they can put back into their communities.
Why does CAFOD support Fairtrade?
CAFOD founded the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992 along with Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.
We believe we are all part of the global food system - which means we have the power to change it. Changing the food we buy and choosing products from Fairtrade companies is one of the ways we can help tackle poverty.
What is Fairtrade Fortnight?
Fairtrade Fortnight is taking place from 22 February to 7 March 2021, bringing an online festival themed ‘Choose the world you want’.
A range of events will focus on Climate, Fairtrade and You, encouraging people to come together to stand with the people behind the food we depend on, as they face the daily realities of the climate crisis.
Fairtrade Foundation’s 2021 campaign will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities it works with. Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it.
An ecumenical Fairtrade service will be streamed on Sunday 7 March 2021 but is downloadable and available to watch now or at any time during Fairtrade Fortnight. It is compered by CAFOD volunteer Leila Bousbaa.
Christine Allen, Director of CAFOD, said:
"The Fairtrade stalls in parishes up and down the country are proof of the commitment of the Catholic community to the principle that all producers should be treated with fairness and paid a decent wage.
"Like so many aspects of our lives during lockdown, much of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight might have to take place online, but we know that Catholics will continue to call for good working conditions for all essential workers, wherever they are in the world."
Can our parish be a Fairtrade parish?
Your parish can sign up to be a Fairtrade parish today! Simply fill out the Fairtrade parish application form and return to CAFOD.
Hundreds of Catholic parishes across England and Wales are working hard to promote Fairtrade. The Diocese of Westminster is celebrating becoming a Fairtrade Diocese in 2021 with over 50 per cent of its parishes having completed the Parish Fairtrade Award.