Fact Sheets

Q&A: Why an agriculture work program at the UNFCCC is the wrong approach for farmers, animal welfare and development

Published February 23, 2012

There is global consensus that the agricultural sector is severely affected by climate change and also contributes to it. Debates are on in numerous national and multilateral forums about the right ways to address these challenges. In the context of the climate negotiations, agriculture is viewed in terms of “...

Learning from the Indirect Land Use Change Debate

Published January 31, 2012

For the last few years, environmental advocates and ethanol producers have been mired in a debate over something known as indirect land use change (ILUC), a measure of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by, but not directly associated with, biofuel production. The controversy centers on these questions: Does...

Feeding the World?

Published December 5, 2011

In 1999, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) published a groundbreaking report by Mark Muller and Richard Levins entitled Feeding the World? The Upper Mississippi River Navigation Project that examined agribusiness’ and the Mississippi River navigation industry’s claim that U.S. grain...

At Stake in Durban: Climate Deal for the 1% or the 99%?

Published November 29, 2011

Factsheet produced by IATP in conjunction with eight other NGOs analyzing mitigation issues in the Durban climate talks. The world is already reeling from major humanitarian emergencies exacerbated by climate change: floods in Thailand and Pakistan, landslides from extreme rains in many Latin American countries, and...

Elusive Promises of the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project

Published September 9, 2011

Prefaced, summarized and excerpted by Steve Suppan from research in progress by Shefali Sharma. While the slow pace of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks and the weak global economy have delayed political and funding commitments, increasing climate variability and its devastating...

Back on track: Why BCAP is worth saving

Published July 1, 2011

Since the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) was rolled out in 2009, there has been an awful lot that’s gone wrong. But in the last few months, a lot has gone right: conservation plans under the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) are now required, and new funding will now be only awarded to...

2011 Mini Farmers Markets Accepting WIC and FMNP

Published June 25, 2011

Minneapolis has a thriving community of small farmers markets bringing fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruit and flowers to neighborhoods with limited healthy food options. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) coordinates the Minneapolis mini farmers market initiative, helping to increase access to...

Five Reasons Carbon Markets Won’t Work for Agriculture

Published April 29, 2011

Carbon markets are viewed as the primary source of climate financing. The experience to date demands a reevaluation of their ability to exact real, sustainable change, particularly in relation to agriculture. Here are five reasons why poorly designed and regulated carbon markets should not be part of a global climate...

The Minneapolis Mini Farmers Market Project

Published January 31, 2011

While some Minneapolis neighborhoods enjoy a bountiful supply of healthy foods, others do not. IATP’s Mini Farmers Market project is helping to address this challenge by bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods that lack healthy food options. In 2010, 21 Mini Farmers Markets were operating across...

Following Civil Society's Lead on Climate Solutions

Published December 1, 2010

In 2009, when IATP published its first climate series prior to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Copenhagen, there was genuine hope that governments would make significant progress towards a global response to climate change. That progress never materialized, and cynicism...