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Louise is an award-winning chef, entrepreneur, agriculture advocate, public speaker, and competitive archer. She promotes sustainable agriculture and farm-to-table cuisine. She was recently awarded as a Young Champion of the Earth by United Nations Environment Programme.
From the United Kingdom, Louise migrated to a rural area in the Philippines, where she runs her own farm and Culinary Lounge. She established her venture, The Cacao Project, promoting sustainable agriculture, while providing farmers with a disaster- resilient, high income livelihood.
She founded The Cacao Project after her town was hit by Typhoon Nock Ten, destroying 80 percent of agricultural land in her town. As a result of this typhoon, farmers resorted to drastic measures to make an income, such as cutting down trees to sell, or selling vast tracts of land for unsustainable development, creating environmental problems. With many farmers in the Philippines living below the poverty line, and being the most vulnerable groups to natural disasters, The Cacao Project was created to educate them so that they can live a better quality of life. It aims to combat deforestation by reviving barren lands through tree planting, creating economic forests and nurseries, promoting fair trade and reforestation, while empowering farmers with higher incomes using cacao, a high-value product, suited to the Philippine climate and ecosystem, durable and weather resilient. The reforestation efforts have seen the revival of two water sources in the community, due to increased water retention in the soil. The Cacao Project promotes natural and responsible farming practices, agroforestry, making their own fertilizers and preserving traditional and circular farming methods. The venture has trained over 200 farmers and planted over 85,000 trees across 80 hectares of land.
For this, Louise was awarded The Outstanding Young Farmer of the Philippines 2018. At the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly, Louise won a lifetime Fellowship from the Resolution Project for her commitment to social responsibility. She was also recognized as the Outstanding Youth Ambassador at the 21st Session of the United Nations Youth Assembly.
Other than her venture, Louise won the Best Dessert Asia Award at the Disciples des Escoffier Young Talent Trophy in Hong Kong. Louise is the youngest member of Disciples des Escoffier Philippines and was a finalist in the TV reality cooking show, Junior MasterChef.