Staff Spotlight: Li Ping
(left to right) Tim Hanstad, a farmer, Roy Prosterman, and Li Ping conducting fieldwork in Anhui Province, China circa 1995.
Li Ping is the China Program Director and Senior Policy Advisor based in Seattle, Washington. Li joined Landesa in 1995, though he began working in 1987 for Landesa’s founders, Roy Prosterman and Tim Hanstad, as an interpreter for their fieldwork and government meetings in China. Leading up to his current role at Landesa, Li served as a Senior Attorney, Tenure Specialist, Staff Attorney, and Chief Representative in Beijing.
What inspires your work with Landesa?
I once worked on a collective farm in a remote Chinese village, earning seven cents a day. Despite suffering from this extreme poverty, I did not realize its deep roots in a lack of secure land rights. It was Landesa and its founders Roy and Tim who helped me realize the root cause of many Chinese farmers’ poverty, which has led me to be devoted to this mission. These experiences have yielded my strong and never-shivering commitment to reducing poverty for farmers experiencing poverty by creating economic opportunities through securing their land rights.
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