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Matty Demont

Matty Demont

Research Leader Markets, Consumers & Nutrition

About

Matty Demont has more than 20 years of experience leading research and engaging with policy makers on food system transformation throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. He acquired vast field experience through numerous surveys, workshops, expert elicitations, value chain analyses, and behavioral experiments with consumers, farmers, food companies, and technology developers around the world. His current research focuses on sustainable rice value chain upgrading and food system transformation for healthier diets in Africa and Asia.

Credentials

  • 2020–present   Research Leader of Markets, Consumers & Nutrition, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Philippines
  • 2017–2021        CGIAR Flagship Leader of Upgrading Rice Value Chains, IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines
  • 2017–2020        Head of Market Analysis Research Cluster, Agri-food Policy Platform, IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines
  • 2017–2019        Outcome Theme Leader of Shaping Future Rice Value Chains and Policies, IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines
  • 2017–2018        Head of Agri-food Policy Platform (Acting), IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines
  • 2015–present   Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental Science and Management, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Philippines
  • 2013–2017        Market Research Team Leader, Senior Economist, Market Research & Value Chain Specialist, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Philippines
  • 2012–2013        Principal Value Chain Economist, Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice, CGIAR), Saint-Louis, Senegal
  • 2009–2012        Principal Agricultural Economist, AfricaRice, Saint-Louis, Senegal
  • 2007–2009        Associate Agricultural Economist, AfricaRice, Saint-Louis, Senegal
  • 2006–2007        Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Agricultural & Food Economics, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • 2002–2006        Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Agricultural & Food Economics, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • 1999–2002        Researcher, Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Ghent, Belgium

Education

  • 2012                 Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize by Agropolis Fondation, Montpellier, France
  • 2012                 Theodore W. Schultz Award by International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)
  • 2002–2006        Doctoral program in Bioscience Engineering, University of Leuven, Belgium; PhD in 2006
  • 1999                 Xavier Bernard Award for Master Thesis, French Academy of Agriculture
  • 1997–1998        Master in Agricultural Development – Tropical Agriculture, Ghent University, Belgium & Montpellier SupAgro, France
  • 1994–1997        MSc Bioscience Engineering in Agricultural Economics & Tropical Agriculture, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • 1992–1994        BSc Bioscience Engineering, University of Leuven, Belgium