Louise Mabulo is an award-winning chef, entrepreneur, agriculture advocate, public speaker, and competitive archer. She promotes sustainable agriculture and farm-to-table cuisine. Last week, Mabulo was awarded as a Forbes Under 30 Asia listee. DWFI is excited to announce Mabulo as a featured speaker at the 2020 Water for Food Global Conference this October.
From the United Kingdom, Mabulo 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.
The Cacao Project is an initiative that provides farmers in the Philippines with cacao plant seedlings and teaches them how to responsibly and sustainably produce cacao. To date, the project has helped more than 200 farmers plant 80,000 trees. The project aids reforestation efforts and has helped with the revival of two water sources from increased water retention in soil. In addition to cacao, the project provides farmers with other crops, such as bok choy, okra and pumpkins to intercrop with the cacao and maintain soil fertility. For her efforts, Mabulo was recognized as a Young Champion of the Earth 2019 by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Mabulo was awarded The Outstanding Young Farmer of the Philippines 2018. At the 2017 Winter Youth Assembly, Mabulo won a lifetime Fellowship from the Resolution Project for her commitment to social responsibility. She was also recognised as the Outstanding Youth Ambassador at the 21st Session of the United Nations Youth Assembly.