An island country like the Philippines is rich in vast land that makes for fertile farming ground. This prompted Cherrie Atilano, a self-professed “Filipina farmer” herself, to found AGREA in an effort to empower farmers and show them the great potential of agribusinesses. Ultimately, the organisation’s goal is to develop self-sustaining communities who are reliant on the tools they have on hand. This experience has made her more than qualified to be a high-level ambassador to the United Nation’s latest endeavour, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. As she adds this title to the many honours she’s received, Cherrie finds that it brings greater impact to the movement she has been dedicated to serve.
What is the UN Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement?
The principle of the SUN Movement is that “everyone has the right to food and nutrition,” and that these two should go hand in hand. The SUN movement is a renewed effort to eliminate malnutrition in all its forms, and ensure a world free of malnutrition by 2030. The movement addresses the problems of 149 million children, who are suffering from a deficiency that has devastating consequences on health, learning, future earning potential, economic development, resilience, and security.