Fintrac, a woman-owned and US-based consulting company, develops agricultural solutions to end hunger and poverty. For almost three decades our work has increased rural incomes and strengthened food security across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We do this by developing interventions to improve market system competitiveness and increase participation of smallholder farmers.
Since 2000, Fintrac has delivered training and technical assistance to nearly 2 million smallholder farmers, leveraged $2 billion in sales, and helped 10 million people, including children, become more food secure.
We retain a team of highly-skilled experts across all technical disciplines and employ local staff who bring vital context-specific knowledge and provide unique insights and analysis.
Improving production, building local capacity, & developing value chains
Through proven technologies and practices, we rapidly increase smallholder yields to multiply incomes by two, three, and even 10 times in one year. This income fuels local economies and drastically improves healthcare, education, and overall quality of life for entire communities. We believe sustainable food security is inherently linked to income generation, so we train families, producer groups, and local service providers to treat farming as a commercial enterprise.
Our partnerships expand income exponentially
Fintrac coordinates technical assistance delivery to farmers and local enterprises through partner alliances with private sector enterprises, national and regional governments, educational and research institutes, and civil society. Through these partnerships, we offer embedded extension services, enable access to inputs and finance, and set up channels for farmers to add value to their crops—all while building relationships between local stakeholders that are sustained long after projects are completed. We promote “no regrets” interventions that improve natural resource management and resiliency to weather variability while reinforcing economically sound business practices. Our teams and partners are equipped with cutting edge tools and knowledge, and the resources to make innovative technologies available to farmers.
Our Experienced Team
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A founding Fintrac executive, Claire has been collaborating on agricultural initiatives with local and international partners to improve food security for farmers and farm families in developing countries for three decades. A marketing and communications strategist, she provides leadership to organizational development; advises staff and clients on best practices to achieve sustainable impact; and advocates for increasing women's participation in the agribusiness sector worldwide.
A founding Fintrac executive, Tom is responsible for technical, operational, and corporate financial oversight. Tom also designs products, services, and multi-year programs worldwide. He is a primary contributor to Fintrac field methodologies; was the original architect of the agricultural M&E system cited by donors as a model for measuring productivity and income impact; and has been a corporate thought leader on climate change mitigation and adaptation for smallholders.
An executive with Fintrac since 1990, Andy has been designing and implementing programs and activities for three decades that have sustainably increased crop productivity and diversification, market and credit access, technology use and access, and farmer incomes. He currently leads a Feed the Future project in Honduras that is transferring smallholder technologies and GAPs while improving family nutrition. Fluent in Spanish, he holds a PhD in postharvest physiology.
A founding Fintrac executive, Steve has four decades of experience across four continents, and is a leading expert at designing partnerships with commercial companies, public agencies, and donors that improve enabling environments, expand access to technologies, and synergize value-chains. He is currently director of the USAID-KAVES project in Kenya that addresses constraints in maize, dairy and horticulture. He holds a PhD in postharvest physiology.
Mary’s breadth of experience in her thirty year career has spanned extension, investment promotion, marketing, business development, project management, and training across Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. At Fintrac, she has headed up two departments, designed an online university, and been deputy director on a large project in Cambodia. She holds an MBA, and degrees in agriculture and livestock.
Laura designs and evaluates multi-year agricultural projects, with expertise integrating smallholders, women, youth and nutrition into crop and livestock value chains. She provides strategic and operational oversight worldwide on new business initiatives, internal policies, financial systems, and regulatory compliance. She speaks Swahili, and has extensive sub-award and program management experience in Africa and Asia.
Bob has three decades of global experience in food security and agribusiness development. He is currently director of the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program, leading a core team and multiple partners in the commercialization of agricultural technologies for smallholders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He speaks fluent French, holds a BS in agriculture and an MBA in finance, and has been a Fintrac executive for fourteen years.
Mike is managing broad-based products and services expansion, including launching in-house labs and development teams and supporting more coordination across departments and projects. This after a decade as M&E director, developing agriculture and nutrition strategic frameworks, data management tools, reporting metrics, and leading Fintrac assessment teams and validation initiatives in over one dozen countries. Mike is fluent in Spanish.
- Javier Giraldo, DCOP - Colombia PMA
- Ricardo Arias, COP - Honduras ACCESS to Production & Nutrition
- Ian Chesterman, COP - FTF Ethiopia VCA
- Antonio Coello, COP - FTF Tanzania MnM
- Laura Harwig, COP - FTF P4I
- Adam Keatts, COP - FTF EEFS
- Ricardo Lardizabal, DCOP - Honduras ACCESS to Production & Nutrition
- Mary Duncan, DCOP - FTF Ethiopia VCA
- Teshome Lemma, DCOP - FTF Ethiopia VCA
- Dennis Lesnick, COP - Colombia PMA
- Kudakwashe Ndoro, COP - FTF Zimbabwe LD
- Rosemary Nyoka, DCOP - FTF Zimbabwe LD
- Richard Pluke, DCOP - FTF Tanzania MnM
- Carol Elwin Thompson, DCOP - Honduras ACCESS to Markets
Home Office Directors
- Yasmine Haynes, Director of Human Resources
- Kathleen Jacques, Global Director of Program Services
- Jessica Joye, Director of Communications
- Adam Keatts, Director of Food Analytics
- Haskell Noyes, Global Director of Business Services
- Laura Ostenso, Director of Corporate Learning
- Allen Rozario, Director of Information Technology
- Gabriela Salazar, Director of Contracts & Grants
- Paul Stanchfield, Director of Monitoring & Evaluation
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