As a way of bringing about justice and sustainable development for all, the Fairtrade Foundation work with businesses, community groups and individuals to push for fair trade, at the heart of business policies, structures and practices. This is to enable everyone, through their work to access and maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.
This year, the focus of Fairtrade Fortnight is calling for all bananas in the UK to be fairly traded. To support the initiative, members of the Sheffield Initiative for Fairtrade (SHIFT), together with CAFOD and supporters from across the Diocese of Hallam have organised a Fairtrade day, on 3rd March at the Winter Gardens in Sheffield. Amongst the special guests there will be a banana producer and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield. A range of fun activities will begin at 10.30am, with ‘The Great Fairtrade Bake-off”, followed, in the afternoon by ‘Foncho’s Fairground’, with information and fair trade cake decorating for children and young people.
Fair trade is key to ensure that everyone involved in the growing, processing, shipping and retail of food get a fair share of the benefits. And, to enable this to happen we are called to play our part. By simply choosing to buy more fair trade products as part of our shopping habits, we can stimulate a larger market for fair trade items, and thus empower more people to access fair and sustainable livelihoods.
Choosing Fairtrade products is one of CAFODs recommended lifestyle tips. A choice like this can help bring about a fairer food system, closely connecting Fairtrade Fortnight to our Hungry for change campaign. Come along on 3rd March and find out more.
The event is free to attend but please let us know if you are planning to come.
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Make it count
If Fairtrade parish groups attend this event it can count as their Fairtrade Fortnight activity – part of their commitment to being a Fairtrade parish.