My Story

Focused on sustainability

My name is Andrea Veres (PhD) and I founded Agrologica LtD in 2012. I have a researcher background with focus on pest management at landscape level through conservation biological control and integrated approaches.My latest scientific publication was a global review on the alternatives to neonicotinoids in arable crops to protect pollinators and restore agro-ecosystems. I used to work at FAO REU as Junior Technical Officer for Plant Production and Protection between 2012-2014 and did further consultancy work later on in the region. I have numerous publications on functional biodiversity, two of them in the high impact journal of Agriculture Ecosystem and Environment publishing results of my PhD research. I graduated as Agricultural Engineer in Environmental Management (MSc) with specialization in Plant Protection and in Organic farming. I am lucky to have a home garden with high landscape ecological connectivity, so I can practice and test conservation biological control, plant associations and rotations, organic farming tools and conservation tillage.

At the Szent István University Hungary (now Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences) I was working for the ENDURE Network of Excellence, an EU 6. Framework Program (Work Maize-Based Arable Cropping System Case Study, Exploitation of landscape and community ecology, Training and education), where my specific duties were to i) analyze the sustainability of maize based cropping systems, ii) carry out a literature review and meta-analysis on the effect of landscape features on pests and natural enemies, iii) collect data from partners, iv) organize and participate on workshops with the team, v) compile deliverables, and vi)present results at various forums.

In addition, the Junior Technical Officer for Plant Production and Protection at FAO REU in 2012-2014 allowed me to have an overview of the management of the plant production and protection branch in the office, being involved in all the main activities, such as strategic planning, normative work, preparation, documentation and implementation of projects, fund raising with donors. My contract was on fixed term, and once finished I continued working as a consultant for FAO REU to support the implementation of IPM in Moldova. I developed training material for trainers to organize farmer filed schools (FFS) and supported the assessment of cropping systems in the country.

Lately I have been working home based as a consultant in the projects ‘Global alternatives for the reduction of neonicotinoids’ and in the ‘ERANET C-IPM” project to evaluate the issue of minor use of pesticides in European countries and to define research priorities for future funding for project calls for EC. In both projects the process involved developing a questionnaire that was filled in by the governments, a literature review and validation of the results with stakeholders at workshops.

I am also aware of the latest policy developments in Europe and specifically the European Green Deal, Farm to Fork strategy, Pollinator Initiative and, EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030, that all stress the need to take action for restoring biodiversity loss and pollinator decline besides other challenges EU faces, as well as the new Common Agricultural policy that plans to restore biodiversity through eco-schemes, designed to reward farmers that choose to implement practices for environmental care and climate action. Nevertheless, the issue is global as clearly pointed out by major UN-backed biodiversity studies (i.e. IPBES, 2016 and FAO, 2019) that concluded that biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate and that the loss of biodiversity threatens our economies and societies. Therefore, actions need to be takeen now and governments need to be supported with guidance in developing incentives for farmers that implement biodiversity-friendly practices supporting conservation, restoration of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and sustainable productivity. My recent publication includes a recommendation for insurance policy for farmers in order to promote alternative crop management to pesticides and I am very much interested in developing such policy recommendations and guidance focusing on Western Balkans and being aligned to the EU process.

I have been working in multicultural environment since the beginning of my career. I was part of national and international research and networking project teams and currently I was liaising with numerous partners from governmental and non-governmental organisations. During these working years, I developed excellent managerial and communication skills. I have great experience to work as a consultant.

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