Shenggen Fan

Dr Shenggen Fan, a citizen of China, is the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, an eminent Washington-based think tank on food policy directed at sustainable solutions to reduce hunger and poverty. Before joining IFPRI, Shenggen served as Director of the International Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, and is an Executive Committee member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

Blog Posts

Food Policy Lessons for 2012 and Beyond

Posted on 21 June 2012 by Shenggen Fan

Despite ongoing challenges to global food security -- from food price volatility and extreme weather shocks, to famine, unrest and conflicts, the year 2011 featured major policy developments that offer encouragement and point to areas where further action is needed in 2012 and beyond.

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Smallholder Farmers essential to Achieve Food Security

Posted on 21 June 2011 by Shenggen Fan

The first-ever official meeting of Ministers of Agriculture from G20 countries, to be held in Paris on June 22-23, presents an extraordinary opportunity. Tasked with developing an action plan to address price volatility in food and agricultural markets and its impact on the poor, the ministers are uniquely positioned to not only tackle the immediate price volatility problems, but also to take on a more fundamental and long-term challenge—extreme poverty and hunger.

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