Institut National Agronomique de Paris-Grignon (INA-PG), Paris, France, Ingénieur agronome
Lycée Dr Koeberlé, Sélestat, France - Baccalauréat Scientifique


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 programme 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 more than 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.

He also has extensive experience in teaching and capacity development; while at FAO Headquarters in Rome, he created and coordinated the High Level Policy Learning Programme 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). 

Through conferences, debates and presentations to students in secondary schools and universities, he informs a wide public on food-related issues. He also has a blog ( and is a volunteer in a French fair trade NGO. 

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.

Twitter: @lafaimexpl

Selected reports and publications

  • M. Maetz, L’équité intergénérationnelle est possible : à condition de changer profondément les principes qui gouvernent le monde (forthcoming)
  • M. Maetz, Hunger explained? Series of articles and news on food and agriculture published on the Web, from October 2013 to now
    • Food, environment and health (2014)
    • Facts and figures on world hunger (2014)
    • International trade in agricultural commodities (2014)
    • Seven principles for ending hunger sustainably (2013)
    • Food security: definitions and drivers (2013)
    • Exclusion (2013)
    • Forests: rural communities caught between markets and the objective of conserving the planet (2013)
    • Genetic resources: acceleration of privatisation of living organisms is a threat to food security and biodiversity (2013)
    • Water and Hunger: The ‘‘all-out irrigation’’ strategy has led to a fragile, wasteful and inegalitarian system (2013)
    • Land: an unequally distributed, threatened but essential resource (2013)
    • Myths on hunger debunked (2013)
    • Main stakeholders of food and agricultural policies and their motivations (2013)
    • Food crises: A consequence of disastrous economic policies (2012)
    • Food quality and safety (2012)
    • The causes of hunger (2012)
    • Why is agriculture protected in rich countries and penalised in
    • poor countries? (2011)
  • M. Maetz, La faim expliquée ? Series of articles and news on food and agriculture published on the Web, from October 2012 to now (in French)
  • M. Maetz, Equità intergenerazionale e sostenibilità - Le nostre società disuguali si apprestano a lasciare una pesante eredità alle generazioni future, in Rivista Incontri: Riformarsi, come? Anno V, No.9, gennaio-giugno 2013
  • M. Maetz, D. Dukpa and Y. Dorji, Private investment in agriculture in Bhutan, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, Thimphu, April 2012
  • M. Maetz et al., Food and agricultural policy trends after the 2008 food security crisis: Renewed attention to agricultural development, FAO July 2011, 
  • M. Maetz et al. Guide for Policy and Programmatic Actions at Country Level to Address High Food Prices, FAO January 2011 
  • FAO, collective, Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies – A synthesis of relevant policy analysis work in Africa, FAO August 2010
  • M. Maetz, Are we entering a new agricultural policy era following the food security and financial crises? 9th Asia Pacific Agriculture Policy Forum, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 21-22 June 2010
  • M Demeke, M. Maetz and G. Pangrazio, Country responses to the food security crisis. FAO, 2009
  • Balié, Bruentrup, Darbon, Maetz and Pica-Ciamarra, Policy intelligence and preparedness, draft concept note, FAO - DIE – CEAN, 2009
  • M. Maetz et al. Guide to immediate response to the food crisis at country level, FAO 2008 and 2011 (update) 
  • M. Maetz and J. Balié, Influencing policy processes – Lessons from experience, FAO, 2008 
  • W. Kidane, M. Maetz and P. Dardel, Agricultural development and food security in sub-Saharan Africa:  Building a case for more support, FAO 2006
  • M. Maetz, Southland - A case study-based training exercise in policy analysis for the agricultural and rural sector (revised version), FAO Capacity Development in Food and Agriculture Policies, 2004 
  • M. Maetz, Structure et fonctions des organismes de l’état pour le développement agricole et la sécurité alimentaire (2003)
  • M. Maetz, Technical memorandum on the harmonisation of agricultural policies of COMESA countries in the perspective of a common agricultural policy (CAP) FAO/COMESA, Kampala, Uganda, 2002
  • M. Maetz, Re-engineering of agricultural policies in countries in transition: rationale and approach, FAO, Budapest, 2001
  • M. Maetz and A. Tanyeri-Abur, Taxation agricole et globalisation dans les pays en développement, in Politiques Agricoles des pays de l'UMA, Expériences et défis, FAO, Tunis, 2001
  • M. Maetz, Quantitative Policy Analysis Tools: Commodity Chain Analysis, Rome 2000
  • M. Maetz, Diversification, FAO 2000
    • Definition and Objectives
    • Economic Policies and Diversification
    • Components of an Agriculture Diversification Programme
  • M. Maetz and Y. F. de Larrinoa Arcal, Trends in world and agricultural trade in "Multilateral Trade Negotiations on Agriculture, a Resource Manual", FAO 2000
  • J.M. Caballero, M. Maetz  and M.G. Quieti, International trade: Some basic theories and concepts in "Multilateral Trade Negotiations on Agriculture, a Resource Manual", FAO 2000
  • M. Maetz, Le suivi de la mise en œuvre et l’impact des politiques agricoles - Quelques réflexions d’ordre méthodologique et pratique, 1999
  • FAO (Collectif), Renforcement des capacités techniques et d’analyse des Organisations paysannes, FONGS/FAO, Rome, 1999
    • Manuel 1 : Politiques économiques
    • Manuel 2 : Politiques agricoles
  • M. Maetz, M. Kamanyire and A. Ngororano, Post-liberalisation cereal commodity markets in Eastern and Southern Africa, Economy Policy Research Centre (EPRC), Kampala, Uganda and FAO, Harare, 1997
  • M. Maetz, Comment organiser un cours et d’autres activités de formation sur CAPPA, Training materials for agricultural planning 22/8, FAO, Rome 1990
  • M. Maetz, Population et main d'oeuvre dans CAPPA, Training materials for agricultural planning 22/7, FAO, Rome 1990
  • M. Maetz, Projection of agricultural supply in CAPPA, Training materials for agricultural planning 22/4, FAO, Rome 1991
  • M. Maetz, Setting targets for agricultural planning: from macroeconomic projections to commodity balances: an illustration with the CAPPA system, Training materials for agricultural planning 22/2, FAO, Rome 1990
  • M. Maetz, People, Food and Economic Growth, Ghana’s Challenge for Year 2000, FAO, Accra, Ghana, 1990
  • M. Maetz, Programmation des micro-réalisations au Niger, FAO, Rome 1988
  • M. Maetz, Sikar District, a case study for decentralized agricultural development planning, Institute of Public Administration/FAO, Delhi, India 1987
  • M. Maetz and M-G. Quieti, Training for decentralisation: lessons from experience, vol 1 & 2, FAO 1987
  • M. Maetz, Decentralization in Nepal: an observation, FAO/APROSC, Pokhara, Nepal (1986)
  • FAO/APROSC (Collective), Training materials for Decentralized Planning, FAO/APROSC, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1986
  • FAO/APROSC (Collective), Planning training manual (District level, Edition II) (Coll.), FAO/APROSC, Kathmandu, Nepal 1985
  • M. Maetz et Le Vu Hao, Anouda – Etude de cas sur une petite opération de développement agricole, FAO, Rome (1983)
  • M. Maetz, Le Vu Hao et Samba Niane, Matériel de formation à la planification décentralisée, MDR/FAO, Niamey, Niger, 1983
  • M. Maetz et J.P. Lemelle, Chapitre sur l’emploi agricole pour le 6e plan quinquennal, Ministère de l’agriculture, Tunis, Tunisie 1981
  • M. Maetz, Développement regional du Gouvernorat de Jendouba, Jendouba/Tunis, Tunisie (FAO, 1981)
  • M. Maetz, M. Hautecoeur and M.Liotard, L’agriculture et le développement du tourisme dans la région des Dômes, cas de Saint Nectaire, mémoire de fin d’étude, INAPG, Paris (1975)