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Preceded by  Joachim von Braun
Name  Shenggen Fan

Nationality  Chinese
Fields  Agricultural economics
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Residence  Great Falls, Virginia, U.S.
Books  Road Development, Economic Growth, and Poverty Reduction in China

Education  University of Minnesota

2012 global food policy report launch seminar mar 14 2013 shenggen fan

Dr. Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) is the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since December 2009.


He is known for his work on transition economies and rural development in China. His research has focused on the analysis of the role of public and private investments agriculture and public infrastructure in the fight against chronic poverty and hunger. In addition to his work on his home country, he has also worked extensively in other Asian countries, and East Africa.

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He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China. In 1989, he graduated from the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences of the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in applied economics. His research was the first to separately measure the effects of the green revolution promoted by international agricultural research, technological change, and institutional changes in China, on the productivity of the Chinese agricultural system.

Career History

After completing his Ph.D., he was (1990–1992) Post-doctoral fellow and associate research officer at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in The Hague, the Netherlands, and then Research Economist at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. From there he joined IFPRI in 1995.

At IFPRI, he was successively

  • 1995–1998: Research Fellow at IFPRI
  • 1998–2005: Senior Research Fellow and team leader of public investment at IFPRI
  • 2005–2009: Division Director of IFPRI's Development Strategy and Governance Division .
  • Since 2009: Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC.
  • Other activities

    Fan has received the Outstanding Alumni Award in Applied Economics and the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals in 2006 (both from the University of Minnesota).

    He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Agricultural Economists and has been on the editorial boards of Food Policy (UK), 2002–Present. Journal of Chinese Rural Economy, China, 2001–Present and Review of Agricultural Economics, USA, 2001–2002

    Shengen Fan is also a member of the Leadership Council of Compact2025, an initiative for ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025.

    Since 2004, Fan is also an adjunct fellow of the Institute of Indian Dalit Studies, New Delhi.


    Fan has published 32 peer-reviewed journal articles, which were cited over 250 times.

    He has also edited or (co-)authored 7 books:

  • Fan, Shenggen; Zhang, Linxiu (2003). WTO and rural public investment strategy in China [in Chinese]. Beijing: China Agricultural Publishing House.
  • Fan, Shenggen; Zhong, Funing; Wen, Simei (2005). Globalization and small farm-holders. Beijing: China Agricultural Publishing House.
  • Fan, Shenggen; Chan-Kang, Connie (2006). Road development, economic growth, and poverty reduction [in Chinese]. Beijing: China Agricultural Publishing House.
  • Fan, Shenggen; Gulati, Ashok (2007). The dragon and the elephant : Agricultural and rural reforms in China and India. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Fan, Shenggen (2008). Public expenditures, growth, and poverty in developing countries: Lessons from developing countries. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Fan, Shenggen; Kanbur, Ravi; Zhang, Xiaobo (2009). Regional inequality in China: trends, explanations and policy responses. London New York: Rouledge. ISBN 9780415775885. 
  • Fan, Shenggen; Zhang, Xiaobo; de Haan, Arjan (2010). Narratives of Chinese economic reforms: How does China cross the river? Singapore: World Scientific.
  • References

    Shenggen Fan Wikipedia

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