Started in 2011, the Baptist Fair Trade Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the Baptist Peace Fellowship Of North America to involve more Baptist congregations and individuals in supporting small farmers around the world.
For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Baptists purchase through the Fair Trade Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the Small Farmer Fund. That amounted to $935.51 in 2014 alone!
Small Farmer Funds have supported two trips to the US and Mexico: one to the Tijuana and San Diego border (2014) and one to the Juarez and El Paso border (2015). Participants on those trips studied many interconnected justice issues, including many aspects of economic justice versus injustice. Trip participants will make presentations on the trips at the BPFNA 2015 Summer Conference to encourage congregations to get involved in addressing those issues.
The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) works to gather, equip and mobilize Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice. As the largest network of Baptist peacemakers in the world, BPFNA celebrates and supports the peacemaking work done by Baptist churches in Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico by raising the visibility of these efforts; bringing peacemakers together in regional and international gatherings; and providing resources, speakers and training to our members. BPFNA also actively connects with peacemakers from other traditions, faith-based and secular, to build alliances and work together toward our common goal of a more just and peaceful world.
Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade organization that buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because our farmer partners are paid above market prices for their crops, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical trainings. These cooperative organizations also help keep rural communities healthy and strong, and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation and organic practices.
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