Archipelagic nations like The Philippines and Indonesia are mostly challenged by climate change, supply chain management, and economies of scale which hampers sustainable economic development. On the other hand, these island nations have so much potential in terms of natural resources, and a wealth of cultural traditions and could provide great opportunities to transform our food systems that are good for the three bottom lines: people, planet, and progress.
Ms. Cherrie Atilano, a Filipino social entrepreneur, heads her own company AGREA: it is an innovative, inclusive, purpose, agri-business that is founded on sustainable agriculture, fair-trade, and a replicable model of an agri-based economy. She is an influencer for Filipino farmers and is being recognized by the UN and the World Economic Forum for her views and her work towards achieving the SDG’s. As a multi-awarded entrepreneur, Ms. Atilano has her boots on the ground while being tuned to global issues such as climate, environment, poverty eradication, and gender. She studied agriculture at Visayas State University and Food Systems at Waginegen University in the Netherlands. She also finished her Executive Education at Stanford University and Harvard Kennedy School.