Matthew works on Value Chain Finance within CTA's Policies, Markets and ICTs programme--he is responsible for documenting best practices in African smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chain financing and, researching and deliberating for deploying emerging financial/technological innovations that can promote value exchange in agricultural trade and agribusinesses. He also manages stakeholders relationship and co-organisation of the Blending4Ag platform.
In 2016, he led data collection in Nigeria for the World Bank's Enabling Business of Agriculture 2017 report--by working with head of agribusiness desks of commercial banks on 'regulatory environment for financial services in Nigeria'.
Prior to this time, he worked as Assistant to the Policy Adviser at the John Kufuor Foundation in Nigeria, where he co-established NiRPAP (Nigerian Rice Policy Advocacy Platform)-- a platform driving rice policy advocacy in Nigeria.
Matthew has worked for the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) project of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) on rice value chain development and contributed to Matching Grant Fund processes within contract farming arrangements. He also worked for a project of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on indigenous vegetable value chain development and gender empowerment in Nigeria.
Matthew has co-authored and edited articles, papers, monographs and training manuals on agricultural value chain development, ICTs for agricultural development, gendered agribusiness development and financing for agricultural development.