East Asia

Although China's economy has grown phenomenally in the last 25 years, there are still significant issues affecting the country's future development: regional income inequalities, land and water scarcity, environmental degradation, the impact of the World Trade Organization on rural smallholders, and diet change and the rise of nutrition-related diseases. To better address these issues, IFPRI established a China Program and opened a Beijing office in 1997 to focus on strategic policy research, capacity strengthening, and policy communication.

As part of the program, IFPRI's Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSGD) is working to assess China's development options in the region in order to determine how best to accelerate poverty reduction.