A steppe forward

It feels like I've come full circle. Five years after leaving the wine industry, I now write about food and farming at The Economist.

My journey started in 2007, on the Trans-Siberian railway to Ulaanbataar, the capital of Mongolia. Unlikely as it may sound, this is where I first worked as a wine merchant, for a (sizzling) summer. I then made a stopover in Spain, before settling in London in 2009 - just as extraordinary measures were being deployed to save the City from the financial crisis.

At the time, I was still selling wine. But these jobs and travels fed my appetite for writing, in particular about emerging markets, economics and the global food system. I'm also keen on international relations (which I studied), space travel (from reading more than experience) and quirky financial products (like funds betting on sports).

I now cover all this by contributing to the finance & economics pages of The Economist, having got to witness private equity’s appetite for agriculture as the editor of Agri Investor. 

Reach me at matthieufavas@economist.com or follow me on Twitter, @matthieufavas, where I share a lot of stories.