Shenggen Fan

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Shenggen Fan (樊胜根)
Fan Shenggen World Economic Forum on Latin America 2012.jpg
Shenggen Fan at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in 2012
Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute
Assumed office
December 2009
Preceded by Joachim von Braun
Personal details
Nationality Chinese
Residence Great Falls, Virginia, U.S.
Shenggen Fan
Field Agricultural economics
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Contributions Impact of Investment in Agricultural Research on Development
Awards Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals (University of Minnesota)
Outstanding Young Scholar award (National Science Foundation of China)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Dr. Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) is the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since December 2009.[1]

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.[2]


IFPRI's Director General Dr. Shenggen Fan received the 2017 Fudan Management Excellence Award. The award is referred to in China as the “Nobel Prize for Management.” This highly prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of management. For more information, click here.


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.[2]

Career History[edit]

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 .[3]
  • Since 2009: Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC.

Other activities[edit]

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[4] and has been on the editorial boards of Food Policy (UK), 2002–Present.[5] Journal of Chinese Rural Economy, China, 2001–Present[6] and Review of Agricultural Economics, USA, 2001–2002[6]

Shengen Fan is also a member of the Leadership Council of Compact2025, an initiative for ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025.[7]

Since 2004, Fan is also an adjunct fellow of the Institute of Indian Dalit Studies, New Delhi.[8]


Fan has published 32 peer-reviewed journal articles, which were cited over 250 times.[9]

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


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