Cherrie De Erit Atilano is the founding farmer of AGREA Philippines and co-founder of Bhumi. AGREA aims to help eradicate poverty for farming and fishing families, to alleviate the effects of climate change and to help establish food security in the Philippines. A landscape design and urban planning company, Bhumi promotes and creates livable cities that efficiently and creatively make use of available spaces. She is also a co-founder of HATIENDA Holdings Inc., an agritourism and agri-processing space to produce Filipino agricultural products for local and exports market.
She started working with the farmers at the age of 12 by teaching them sustainable ways on farming that she read from a book. She also received several awards such as Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (2007), ASEAN Young Business Leader by the New Zealand Foundation (2014), Ten Outstanding Women in Nations Service (TOWNS) 2016, Channel News Asia : Asian New Generation Emerging Leader 2017 and Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur 2017 by Go Negosyo and the Republic of the Philippines President His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, major in Horticulture specializing on tissue culture from the Visayas State University in Leyte. She was an exchange student in Zhejiang Gongshang University and was awarded as an Excellent Exchange Student in contemporary culture and languages.
Cherrie is a radical optimist, a dreamer and a true believer that Filipino farmers are world-class. She has been traveling the world as an advocate and inspirational speaker especially on her advocacy for global food security.