Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Karen Hansen-Kuhn is program director at IATP. She leads IATP’s work on trade policy and ensures synergies among our programs on trade, farm systems and climate and economic justice. She has published articles on U.S. trade and agriculture policies and their impacts on food security, rural livelihoods and the climate crisis. She was the international coordinator of the Alliance for Responsible Trade (ART), a U.S. multisectoral coalition promoting just and sustainable trade. In that role and in her work as chair of the monitoring team for the Hemispheric Social Alliance, she brought partners from many sectors and countries together to analyze the impacts of trade proposals and to propose alternative solutions. She continues to research and advocate for alternative trade rules for agriculture, new measures to support a transition to agroecology and efforts to find common ground among farmers and consumers in the Global South and North.   Full bio here.

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Reshaping supply management in the US: Looking North and South for inspiration

The establishment of parity pricing for farmers, coupled with supply management and food reserves, would eliminate the conditions for dumping and should smooth price spikes, whether caused by market conditions, or climate change, or shortsighted geopolitical posturing.

June 2, 2021


Local Economies on the Table

The EU is seeking a massive expansion of local governments compelled to open their procurement contracts to bids from EU firms, perhaps even the unconditional access achieved in the EU-Canada trade deal. No U.S. trade agreement to date has included such broad coverage of public procurement commitments.

November 14, 2014

The anti-localization agenda in TTIP

TTIP is being negotiated in secret, so we’re forced to rely on general comments and bits of leaked text to try to figure out what’s really happening.

May 6, 2014


Food security and the WTO

This tension between trade and food security has emerged as a key dividing line in international negotiations at the WTO. There are, however, ways to transcend this debate and make real progress in feeding hungry people and preserving the livelihoods of farmers.

December 22, 2011

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