This year, the Fairtrade Fortnight will run from 26th February until 11th March. This period of the year is to highlight the importance of Fairtrade and for campaigners, businesses, schools and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries.
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. So, CAFOD has been involved with different campaigns with Fairtrade, the most recent one #Dontditchfairtrade.
This time is a great opportunity to reflect about the products we use and buy and the power that we hold in simply buying a bar of chocolate. CAFOD believes that choosing this products is one way to tackle poverty. So, here there are some interesting facts about Fairtrade and its impact:
- More than 1.65 million farmers and workers in 74 countries now get a better deal from Fairtrade
- Over 500 Catholic parishes across England and Wales are certified Fairtrade
- One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade
- There are 1226 Fairtrade certified producer organisations in 74 countries
- Small producer organisations spent 31% of their Fairtrade premium in investments supporting productivity or quality improvements
There are some ways you can contribute and get involved during Fairtrade Fortnight. You can go now to Fairtrade’s page and watch and share First Samuel’s film or make sure your snack is Fairtrade and share it on social media.
You can also sign up to be a Fairtrade parish by filling out the Fairtrade parish application or check different material for parishes and schools to support Fairtrade. This is a great opportunity to get involved with a CAFOD campaign and speak out for justice in solidarity with the world’s poorest communities!!
Written by Estefanía González