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Allan Pineda has a passion for horticulture and believes development through agriculture should include the production of high value crops year-round when possible. As an Agronomical Engineer, Allan has 17 years of experience in agricultural credit, agribusiness, and value chain development. His history in the field includes serving as the Technical Director of the ADVANCE Project in Ghana (one of the major Feed the Future projects in the country), overseeing all the program’s technical components with more than 80 staff under his supervision. Prior to joining ADVANCE, Allan worked in Afghanistan as the Senior Agribusiness Development Specialist for ACE/ADF (Agriculture Credit Enhancement/ Agriculture Development Fund), where he managed the technical (agriculture and agribusiness) Component II and the Western Region Loan Portfolio of ADF.

Earlier in his career, Allan worked in Honduras where he was the Business Development Specialist for MCC’s Access to Credit project, which worked to link small and medium farmers with financial resources through a technical assistance and training program that targeted financial institutions and input suppliers. In this capacity, Mr. Pineda facilitated capacity building for agricultural cooperatives and input suppliers, reviewed and analyzed loan applications, strengthened agricultural financial services, and established lending and accounting systems. He also served as FINTRAC’s Special Projects USAID consultant in Honduras, where he consulted on a variety of FINTRAC’s agribusiness programs. Allan began his career as the Production Manager for Lácteos de Honduras, Honduras’s largest dairy and juice processing company, where he was effectively responsible for the plant’s cheese production initially and then the extended shelf life lines and International AIB accreditation on food safety. Allan holds a Masters of Business Management and studied Agronomy at the undergraduate level from the Escuela Agrícola Panamericana (El Zamorano).

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