Cherrie Atilano, newest Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition director

Cherrie Atilano, newest Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition director

29 Jul, 2020

Cherrie Atilano, the Founding Farmer, CEO and President of AGREA Agricultural Systems International Inc. is one of the newest members of the Board of Directors of GAIN, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

The Board of Directors is the highest decision-making body of GAIN. The board members consist of unaffiliated individuals who are appointed in their personal capacity and are drawn from leading development and scientific organisations. Members are selected to ensure a balance in geography, gender and experiences. Board members are volunteers and receive no remuneration.

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The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with governments, businesses and civil society, we aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious foods for all people, especially the most vulnerable.

“At GAIN, we believe that everyone in the world should have access to nutritious, safe, and affordable food. Today, one in three people - drawn from nearly every country on the planet - are unable to consume enough nutritious food. We work to develop and deliver solutions to this daily challenge.”

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, GAIN has offices in countries with high levels of malnutrition: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania. To support work in those countries, we have representative offices in Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Cherrie started teaching farmers at the age of 12, has 22 years of vast experience in Sustainable Food Systems. She graduated top of her class - Magna Cum Laude at the Visayas State University, with a BS in Agriculture, Major in Horticulture specializing on tissue culture.

“Food is life. But for us working in the farming and fishing sector, food is our life’s work,”said Cherrie Atilano in a The Philippine Star article.

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“My food journey started when I was young. I remember what my father said: the life of a farmer is a series of periods and commas, and a semicolon. Farmers can pause for a while to rest, but our life’s work of growing food for everyone continues. I learned life the hard way since I was young. I grew up on a sugarcane farm in Negros. My father passed away when I was three years old, so I was raised by the strongest woman I know — my mother,”she adds.


Cherrie is a recipient of The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service Award in 2016, Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur in 2017, first Awardee of Women of the Future Social Entrepreneur in Southeast Asia, and The Outstanding Men and Women of the Philippines 2018. Cherrie also led AGREA in winning the UN Global Compact the Global Responsible Business Award 2017 for Agriculture Excellence, and the 4th ASEAN Rural Poverty Eradication Leadership Awards in 2019.

She is a High-Level Ambassador of the United Nations Scaling Up Nutrition, an Advisory Board member of the World Bank Solutions for Youth Employment, and 2020 class of the Young Global Leaders (YGL) - the World Economic Forum’s foundation for remarkable leaders under 40.