About IATP

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Mission statement

IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.


IATP is committed to advancing policy solutions—locally and globally—to some of the world’s most complex problems in order to promote resilient food, farm and trade systems. We are proud to be part of a thriving community of analysts, farmers, organizers and activists who fight tirelessly to make public policy more fair and just—from our headquarters in Minnesota to the largest urban cities in the U.S. and aboard. For over 30 years, IATP has worked for agriculture and trade policies that are good for farmers, ecosystems, and social justice.

  • Fair Global Policies
  • Rural Action on Climate Change
  • Decentralized and Democratized Agriculture
  • Learn more about our current issues here.

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy was founded amidst the family farm crisis of the mid-1980s as family farmers across America were in the fight of their lives. Deeply flawed national and international policies were part of the root cause of the crisis. Learn more about IATP’s history.