A woman living in the Philippines, continues to empower more women to engage in agriculture through her various deeds.
For Cherrie D. Atilano, 32, farming has always been a part of her life. Her passion first took root during her years growing up in—and working on—a sugarcane farm in Negros Occidental.
A scholar and working student, Cherrie went on to graduate with a degree in agriculture from the Visayas State University—and Magna Cum Laude at that. She would later give up a Fulbright scholarship to study in the US, opting to stay in the country to help farmers in the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm instead.
Today, Cherrie is the founder and CEO of AGREA, a Marinduque-based social enterprise which aims to help eradicate poverty for farming and fishing families, alleviate the effects of climate change, and help establish food security in the Philippines. Both Cherrie and AGREA have gained recognition here and abroad for the work they do in creating sustainable programs that improve people’s lives.
Now, Cherrie is encouraging more young people—women in particular—to get involved, get their hands dirty, and get into farming like she has. In her own words, “Let’s make farming sexy!”