Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services and Equal Exchange have had a partnership since 2007, in a collaboration to involve more Catholic individuals and communities in supporting small farmers around the world.

When Catholics purchase fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods through the CRS Fair Trade Project with Equal Exchange, 1.3% of sales go towards the Small Farmer Fund. That amounted to $14,414.51 in 2014 alone!

Its 2014 Small Farmer funds went to three grantees:

  • The Fair Trade Ambassadors Program includes up to 30 volunteers who are trained by CRS to serve as world-of-mouth marketers to CRS partners and programs.
  • Fair trade, a non-governmental organization, is a CRS project in the West Bank to create domestic fair trade business and movement within Palestine.
  • Afghanistan is strengthening women’s groups involved in agricultural in the Bamiyan Province. CRS also funded some smaller requests including the Brazil Slave Labor Report, a request from the Small Producers’ Symbol (SPP) to support their attendance at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) in 2014, and a carbon credit feasibility study looking at the CRS agriculture programs in Latin American that are helping farmers to diversify their income by certifying their farms to receive carbon credits. The study explored CRS’ ability to market and sell those credits to Catholic institutions and ministries.

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Catholic Relief Services is the official overseas relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and carries out their commitment to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS is motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life; foster charity and justice; and embody Catholic social and moral teaching. CRS promotes human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies. They also serve Catholics in the United States who strive to live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, CRS works with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

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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