Reports

Disadvantaged Farmers: Addressing Inequalities in Federal Programs for Farmers of Color

Published March 28, 2012

Farming is a business fraught with financial risks, including severe weather, pest and disease outbreaks, and dramatic fluctuations in both costs and prices paid to farmers and ranchers. It’s reasonable that federal policy would reduce some of the risk of agriculture and support a safe and abundant food system....

Everyone at the Table: Local Foods and the Farm Bill

Published March 28, 2012

The local foods movement in the United States has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade, but still represents a small portion of the overall food system. How can local food systems continue to grow and remain sustainable? Every five years, Congress revisits farm and food policy in the U.S. through debate and...

Local Foods, Global: Food Aid and the Farm Bill

Published March 28, 2012

The U.S. food aid program is hugely important at the global level. At $2.3 billion in 2010, the U.S. provides just over half of emergency food aid deliveries to millions of beneficiaries around the world suffering from famine, natural disaster and conflict.1 There is little doubt that food aid has saved countless...

A Risky Proposition: Crop Insurance in the Face of Climate Change

Published March 28, 2012

In the last year, the U.S. has experienced some of the most severe floods and droughts in recent history. According to climate scientists, the future holds more droughts, more floods and more heat waves. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that in the run-up to the 2012 Farm Bill most farm lobby groups have made...

What's at Stake in the 2012 Farm Bill?

Published March 28, 2012

The 2012 Farm Bill comes amid an increasingly fierce public debate over food and farming. The industrial model of agriculture and food production is continuing a decades-long drive toward fewer farmers, more factory-style meat production and more processed food—largely to benefit a handful of powerful...

The "De-coupled" Approach to Agriculture

Published March 21, 2012

BACKGROUND Although the concept of "de-coupling" was widely debated as far back as the 1940's, it disappeared from most domestic and internaUonal farm policy discussions during 1910's and early 1980's. It has recently been revived, spearheaded by Senator Rudy Boschwitz (R-MN) on the domestic front and U.S....

Impact of GATT on World Hunger

Published March 19, 2012

IMPACT OF PAST GATT RULES ON FOOD SELF-RELIANCE GATT, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, was the first attempt by nation states to establish a ''code of conduct'' for regulating the activities of multinational trading enterprises. Its purpose was to establish specific rules for the companies engaged in...

Farm to School in Minnesota

Published March 16, 2012

About this survey Aimed at educating children about where and how their food is grown, strengthening local economies and supporting healthy eating habits, the Farm to School (F2S) movement is rapidly growing. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has supported Farm to School efforts locally and...

Grower Perspectives on Farm to School

Published March 16, 2012

About this survey As part of our work on Farm to School, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) conducted our second annual survey of growers interested in Farm to School in Spring 2012. This survey was designed to assess growers’ perceptions of Farm to School, challenges, aspirations and...

Resolving the Food Crisis: Assessing Global Policy Reforms Since 2007

Published January 18, 2012

Executive summary The recent spikes in global food-prices in 2007-08 served as a wake-up call to the global community on the inadequacies of our global food system. Commodity prices doubled, the estimated number of hungry people topped one billion and food riots spread through the developing world. A...