Materne Maetz is an agricultural economist who has worked more than 35 years in the area of food and agriculture worldwide. He is currently a Senior Advisor/Consultant after a long career as Senior Policy Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (FAO) and as an Agricultural Economist with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a French producer organisation. His main professional experience is in food and agricultural policy analysis, formulation and monitoring, project and program formulation, and change and innovation management in public organizations. He worked for about 15 years in Africa (Tunisia, Niger and Ghana) and in Asia (Nepal and India) with both governments and non-governmental organizations. He has direct experience in 30 countries in four continents and provided advice in the formulation of sustainable agricultural development strategies, policies for the promotion of private investment and financing mechanisms for agricultural development. He also coordinated a major multi-country policy programme on food security, forestry and biodiversity. He established and managed a programme to monitor food and agricultural policies in Africa, funded by the Gates Foundation and created a worldwide food policy monitoring system in the wake of the 2008 food crisis.
Materne Maetz also has extensive experience in teaching and capacity development; while at FAO Headquarters in Rome, he created and coordinated the High Level Policy Learning Program for senior government officials. He taught at the Institut d’Etude du Développement Economique et Social (IEDES) of the Sorbonne University, Paris, France, collaborated with the University of Bradford and the East-Anglia University in Norwich as well as with several universities in Africa and Asia, and currently works with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton and with the training wing of the German Agency for Development (GIZ). He has published and prepared teaching materials on a variety of policy topics, including a policy guide for countries in the context of 2008 food crisis. His publications include papers on sustainable development indicators, greening of policies in Central Europe, trade policies in Africa, trends in food and agricultural policies, and his recent research was on policy processes and the social and political context of policy making.