IATP envisions agriculture, trade and food systems that are good for people, farmers and food system workers, ecosystems and social justice globally.
What We Do
With our partners, we advocate for policy in the public interest at the state, federal and international level.
We provide first-class, accurate analysis, informed by research, science and lived experience.
Our policy advocacy is shaped in close collaboration with social movements, coalitions and civil society organizations.
IATP works to ensure a strong regulatory framework that protects public health, the environment, workers and farmers.
A Systems Perspective
IATP is built on the power of systems thinking. We organize our work into three core areas that are critical levers for systems change.
Working at All Policy Levels
IATP’s strong and passionate staff share their expertise at all levels, from the Minnesota Legislature to United Nation panels.
Values Rooted in Justice and Fairness
Our research and analysis are guided by values of economic and racial justice, environmental sustainability and resilience, and strong democratic institutions.
We have been transforming food and agriculture systems for 30+ years.
From launching Peace Coffee to engaging at WTO ministerials, we have rich, deep experience in the world of food and agriculture, trade and climate — and at their points of intersection.
IATP Land Acknowledgement
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has two hubs in the United States: our Minneapolis, Minnesota headquarters and our Washington, D.C. office.
IATP acknowledges that Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota) is the traditional, ancestral and contemporary homeland of the Dakota people, as well as a homeland of the Anishinaabe people, who have lived here for many generations. The state of Minnesota was established through a process of violent displacement of Native people by European-American settlers; this legacy continues to shape our complicated relationships with the land and with each other. The IATP Minneapolis office resides on Dakota land, which was ceded in the Treaties of 1837 and 1851.
Additionally, IATP recognizes the Nacotchtank and Piscataway people, the first residents of the land that is now referred to as the District of Columbia. The IATP office in Washington, D.C. resides on the ancestral home of Chesapeake Indigenous Tribes.
We acknowledge that words are not enough; we stand in solidarity with the Dakota and Anishinaabe people and with the Piscataway people. As we continue to grapple with our relationship to place and colonialism, we seek to align our work with the ongoing struggles for Indigenous sovereignty, land rights and justice in Minnesota and around the globe.