Expert Spotlight: Ricardo Duarte

Forward-thinking agriculture experts with deep scientific experience are the core of AgriThority®. As an independent global science consultancy, we focus on exploring potential, expanding market access, and evolving production for greater food security and sustainability. When your Research is ready for Development, turn to AgriThority for scientific product, business and market expertise.

In this series we focus on our AgriThority talent and the work they do. In their own words, you’ll learn about their global travels, and the crops, technologies and innovations they research. 


Ricardo Duarte

At AgriThority®my mission is to develop, position and accelerate the entry of innovations into the Brazilian market. In just six short months at AgriThority, I’ve worked on 38 field trials, five crops and four technologies. 

At this moment, I feel particularly motivated because AgriThority gives me the opportunity to interact daily with innovative clients and to lead projects with disruptive and environmentallyfriendly technologies.  

Since I was a child, I always dreamed of working in agriculture. My grandfather was the first agronomist I met, and his stories, ideals, knowledge and achievements inspired me. Studying agronomy was a natural path, and I have earned a specialization in crop protection from Federal University of Viçosa, a degree in Agricultural Engineering (Agronomy) from Federal University of Lavras, as well as my MBA from Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV. 

 For more than 20 years, I have worked with multinational organizations like Aventis, BASF, Adama and Bayer developing new chemical, biological, biostimulants and seeds. I was able to closely follow the agriculture evolution with the modernization of pesticides and the rise of biologicals, new management practices, digitalization and connectivity in the field.