Pinay 'agripreneur' eyes boost in Zambo del Sur agribusiness


Posted at Dec 11 2014 10:07 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2014 06:07 AM

MANILA – A Filipina "agripreneur" is looking to improve agribusiness in Zamboanga del Sur by applying lessons she has learned at the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held in Marrakech, Morocco last month.

Junaflor Ceriles, a youth delegate sent by the US Embassy in Manila, runs a farm and a water business in Zamboanga del Sur.

“The whole experience was informative and nurturing in my development as a young social entrepreneur. [It] gave me new ideas on how I can carry my venture to a new level,” Ceriles said.

“With a goal of giving additional income to one rural family at time and changing the perception that farming is a low-earning profession, I plan to strengthen agribusiness in my province by empowering women and youth through farming, and to introduce innovation with the help of partner agencies, and most of all, find bigger markets for their products,” she added.

Ceriles is a member of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative and served as president of the Municipal Federation of Women’s Organizations in her hometown organizing 1,500 women to invest in vermiculture.

As current president of Zamboanga Del Sur’s Provincial Federation of Women’s Organizations, Ceriles has also taught social enterprise skills to a group of more than 10,000 women.

The GES, which was held from November 19-21, 2014, was themed “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” and explored the positive impact of technology on business creation among entrepreneurs, mentors, incubator managers, policymakers, educators, and social entrepreneurs.

This year’s summit marked the fifth year of continued US commitment to promoting entrepreneurs.

US Vice President Joe Biden led the US delegation, which gathered 6,800 participants, 194 speakers from the US, Africa, UAE, and Europe, 405 journalists, and 600 students.