David Rinck brings over 18 years of proven leadership experience in development programming, with technical specializations in agriculture and agro-enterprise development, value chain assessment, food security, and policy analysis and advocacy.


His experience includes five years at the USAID East Africa Regional Mission, where he was responsible for technical support to U.S. government-funded agricultural development and assistance programs across Eastern and Southern Africa. In this capacity he developed and managed new initiatives, including the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), a specialized institution under the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to improve performance and policy environment of emerging agricultural marketing institutions and the Global Famine Fund - Market Linkages Initiative (MLI) to develop models for linking smallholder farmers to emerging market institutions.


Prior to this, he served as Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Regional AgroEnterprise Technical Adviser, under which he represented CRS in an Agro-Enterprise Learning Alliance with the Centro International de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) to develop smallholder value chains. In this capacity, he also developed and implemented the multi-year Market Assistance Program (MAP) in Zimbabwe to strengthen coarse grains value chains (sorghum and millet). This program was recognized by USAID as a successful and innovative model to support agro-industry and provide food in challenging markets. Mr. Rinck’s field experience includes Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He holds a BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis, and an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago. He speaks Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish.


Contact: david.rinck@absoluteoptionsllc.com