Yanyan Liu joined IFPRI in June 2009. Yanyan received a joint PhD in economics and agricultural economics from Michigan State University in 2006. Her dissertation examined determinants of maize productivity in Kenya and studied valuation of agricultural insurance.
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Since receiving her PhD she has worked for RTI International, and for the Development Research Group at the World Bank. During this time she worked on alternative marketing arrangements in US livestock industry, microfinance in India, and impact evaluation of various interventions in India, Uganda, and Vietnam.