We at the CAFOD Westminster office have been busy celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight, which started on 24 February. We have had Fairtrade tea, coffee and homemade chocolate brownies (the recipe can be found here).
The theme of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight is bananas, which are the UK’s favourite fruit. The price of bananas in supermarkets has reduced dramatically in the past 10 years, but the cost of production has increased. This means that banana farmers and workers are not being paid enough to sustain costs of living and production. Even though Sainsburys, Co-op and Waitrose source 100% Fairtrade bananas, other supermarkets have yet to make all of their bananas fair.
How can you help?
Let us know if you are doing anything to mark Fairtrade Fortnight. If your parish is not registered as Fairtrade, sign up today! By supporting and promoting Fairtrade within your parish, you would be showing solidarity with the poor, and benefitting banana farmers in South and Central America, as well as other Fairtrade producers worldwide. If 20 more parishes in the Westminster Diocese register, the diocese would qualify as Fairtrade. Please help us reach this goal!