The implementation of MATS comprises the following components: 

a) Multi-Method Analysis: a set of 15 in-depth country, regional and product case studies to provide a deeper understanding of the conditions for sustainable trade, an integrated multi-model simulation and assessment of linkages with agricultural market, trade and investment dynamics, and an analysis of institutional, regulatory and legal frameworks; 

b) Exploring Pathways Towards Sustainable Trade: a multi-stakeholder forecasting and backcasting approach related to transformative change and social innovation, which uses novel participatory methods and platforms to explore transition pathways towards sustainable trade; 

c) Consultation and Policy Dialogue: a clustering with other trade-related research projects, and promoting dialogue with sector representatives, social movements and policymakers in framing analyses, co-assessing linkages, and deriving policy recommendations.