SM Foundation (SMFI) strives to help small-scale farmers by upgrading their knowledge to produce quality, safe, high-value, and high-yielding fruits and vegetables while teaching them to become self-sufficient.
This is made possible through its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program.
Last July 24, 2019, SMFI launched its 212th batch of farmers who will undergo the training. These farmers-scholars are from the municipality of Jordan in Guimaras Province.
12 Weeks of Training
Almost 200 farmers registered for this training which will run for 12 weeks.
Under KSK, the farmers will learn the proper way of planting by using modern farming methods and technologies. The sessions will also include values formation, capability building, and social entrepreneurship.
After their training, the farmers will reap the fruits of their labor through the Harvest Festival in October 2019. They will also graduate in a ceremony to be held at SM City Iloilo.
They will also get a chance to tour SM Supermarket and explore bigger opportunities as they will also mingle with SM Food Group’s suppliers who are potential buyers of their harvest.
The KSK Program is in partnership with Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Department of Agriculture.
This batch’s training was made possible through the efforts of Mayor Ruben Corpuz, who reached out to SMFI through the foundation’s Assistant Vice President Cristie Angeles, to extend assistance to the farmers of his municipality.
During the launching, farmers from the host venue Brgy. Balcon Maravilla headed by Punong Barangay Edgar Ecullada, and neighboring barangays attended.
The Department of Social and Welfare Development Region 6 (DSWD 6) headed by Director Evelyn Macapobre, SM City Iloilo through Assistant Mall Manager Jasmine Lynn Maquiling and Public Relations Manager Troy Camarista also attended.
Jordan Municipal Agricultural Officer Mildred Gencianeo and Johndel Diorda of Harbest Agribusiness, as well as SMFI’s Kathleen Agbanawag, were also present.
SM Foundation recognizes that livelihood development is a key component in improving communities.
Since 2007, SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program has helped marginalized farmers become self-sufficient by equipping them with updated knowledge in doable agricultural technology./