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Cherrie De Erit Atilano

President and Founding Farmer, AGREA
Chairman and Executive Director, LEAF

Cherrie Atilano is the founder and CEO of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc., an agro-social enterprise that aims to help eradicate poverty for farming and fishing families in order to alleviate the effects of climate change and establish food security in the Philippines.

AGREA has been mobilizing communities, businesses, academia, local and national governments, and international partners to bring an “Ecology of Dignity” to farming and fishing communities in the island of Marinduque. Previously, Atilano worked as a consultant with the Department of Agrarian Reform in the Philippines and helped to create agri-livelihood programs for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries. She worked for 7 years in Gawad Kalinga for the National Food Sufficiency Program called Bayan-Anihan and the development of the Enchanted Farm.

Atilano is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Advisory Board Committee Member. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur in 2017, The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service Award in 2016, Global Young Laureate 2014 and Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in 2007, among others. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from Visayas State University.

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