Post NAFTA Realities
The most obvious place to begin IATP’s quest for impactful growth was in Mexico, specifically the Chiapas region. A cohort of staff from IATP took an initial trip in 1995 to listen to farmers of all sorts and survey the situation to try and see where they may best fit in. Of the numerous farmers they met with, the most vocal and educated about their current situation were the local coffee farmers.
However, their initial conversations about local trade policy and state-level advocacy fell on deaf ears. The farmers were more interested in talking about their struggles to make ends meet based on market price instability and the lack of coffee importers that were interested in paying fair wages.IATP's Work