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Matty Demont (PhD) is a European bioscience engineer specialized in behavioral economics of food system transformation. He is currently Research Leader of Markets, Consumers and Nutrition at the CGIAR International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines (2013–present) and also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Environmental Science and Management (2015–present) and Editorial Board member of Global Food Security (2014–present). He previously pioneered policy research on the modernization of African rice value chains at the Africa Rice Center (2007–2013). He 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, value chain analyses, and behavioral experiments with consumers, farmers, food companies, and technology developers around the world. In 2012, his work was awarded the Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize by Agropolis Fondation, France, and the T.W. Schultz Award by the International Association of Agricultural Economists. He conducted his PhD and postdoctoral research on European biotechnology policy at KU Leuven, Belgium (1999–2007). He has published widely in refereed journals, books and magazines and is a regular speaker at international conferences.



Current Role

Senior Scientist, Research Leader

Organisation Name

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)


Research institute research


Food systems
Social sciences


Food security