Catholic Relief Services works overseas to provide assistance to struggling low-income coffee farmers. Here in the United States, CRS supports those farmers by promoting Fair Trade – an alternative system of international trade that is rooted in the principles of human dignity, economic justice and global solidarity.
By ensuring that farmers earn a fair price for their coffee, Fair Trade helps struggling small-scale farmers to put food on the table even as world coffee prices reach historic lows. Ensuring that these farmers get access to credit and technical assistance, they are more able to survive in a competitive international market. By building long-term relationships with the low-income coffee farmers who grow the coffee you drink, Fair Trade helps make meaningful connections between producers overseas and socially conscious consumers like you here in the United States.
So when you purchase Fair Trade coffee, you are not just buying great coffee. You are helping to build a better world, one cup at a time!
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown is a supporter of the CRS Fair Trade programs.
Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade works with numerous coffee, chocolate and other goods suppliers/companies to sell their products which support local farmers and artisans in developing countries. Visit their website for more information and links.
If you have questions regarding fairly traded products, please feel free to contact the Office of Social Action at 330-744-8451.