David Reeves

Program Manager - Agriculture & VSLA
Brentwood, Tennessee, USA

As Agricultural Technical Advisor, David’s mission is to guide our technical efforts in agriculture.

David grew up in Bentonville, AR, and graduated from Harding University, where he met his wife, Becky. Together with their four children, they spent the majority of the last 20 years serving abroad, primarily in Africa.

From 2000 to 2010, David and his family assisted with the digging of several water wells in the West African country of Togo. During an 18-month sabbatical, David earned a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Colorado State University, followed by two years of service in Rwanda. David’s intention in Rwanda was to dig water wells, but one week before departure, he was introduced to a farming method known as conservation agriculture. Intrigued, David planted a six-by-six meter test plot next to his home in Rwanda. This test plot performed exceptionally well, so David and his team extended the test to a larger plot through a partnership with local subsistence farmers.

Although the larger plot was located on fairly infertile soil, they again experienced impressive results and knew they were onto something. One of the members of David’s farming group, an older gentleman, kept remarking how he remembered practicing agriculture in similar ways when he was a boy. As the group worked through the farming model, he was the first one to grasp the techniques and the most eager to implement them on his own farm. David said it was at that point that he understood the sustainability and reproducibility of the method and how well it empowered people to solve their own food security issues and provide surplus food to sell in order to fund school, health care and other vital resources that before had been out of reach.