Cheng devotes her life to a simple quest:
How to transform our current broken food system to a sustainable food system that can feed everyone, every day, everywhere with nutritious and healthy foods?
To pursue this goal, she has equipped herself with an interdisciplinary background of economics, public policy, agro-ecology, soil ecology and nutrition, to research the nexus of agriculture, food, nutrition, environment and socioeconomics.
Currently Cheng works at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C., conducting impact evaluations of policies relating to agriculture, poverty reduction, nutrition and health for developing countries. She volunteers at a 10-acre research and educational forest garden in Bowie, Maryland to practice agro-ecological principles on a perennial poly-culture agricultural system that produces bountiful, diverse and nutritious foods while restoring ecosystem functionality. She is a Fellow in a China-focused think tank SiNovator, writing articles to spread knowledge and building sustainable food system in China. She also teaches Chinese language, culture and philosophies in a non-profit organization in Washington D.C., to convey oriental wisdom that can help solve global problems with a holistic angle.
Cheng completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Cornell University, concentrating in International Development, and her undergraduate education in Economics at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. She grew up in Hangzhou, China and currently resides in Washington D.C.
Disclaimer: Cheng’s work with WHES is solely in her personal capacity and cannot be construed as official International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) or Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) endorsement of any positions or actions taken by WHES or of any material posted on its website.