SM Foundation marks graduation of farmers

KSK-SAP farmer beneficiaries from Zambales with SM Foundation’s partners.

After 14 weeks of intensive modern agricultural training, SM Foundation proudly celebrated the graduation of farmer beneficiaries from its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP).

The events signify a crucial step towards sustainable farming practices and economic empowerment for marginalized farmers.

In Central Luzon, SM Foundation concluded the KSK-SAP training with graduation ceremonies in Olongapo City and San Marcelino, Zambales. They also celebrated the graduation of farmers in Calamba, San Pablo, Laguna, and other areas in South Luzon.

During the 14-week program, farmer trainees received comprehensive training in various agricultural aspects. They acquired valuable insights into crop cultivation, management, and modern farming techniques, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed for success in today’s dynamic agricultural landscape.

Alongside agricultural training, KSK-SAP and its partners organized lectures on life principles inspired by Henry Sy Sr., financial literacy, business, and livelihood development. These components empowered the farmer-beneficiaries to not only grow crops but also become self-sufficient agripreneurs, contributing to the nation’s food security.

SM group, led by SM Foundation AVP for Livelihood and Outreach Programs Cristies Angeles and SM Supermalls SVP for Operation Engr. Bien Mateo, join the Harvest Festival in Zambales.

Converging, moving forward. The graduation ceremonies began with harvest festivals in demonstration farms, market tours to explore selling opportunities with SM Markets, and the presentation of certificates, including DTI and TESDA NCII certificates for some participants.

The KSK-SAP program has been implemented nationwide, with graduation ceremonies held in various locations across Visayas and Mindanao. Since 2007, KSK-SAP has enhanced the farming and entrepreneurial skills of over 28,000 marginalized rural and urban farmers. Some of the program’s graduates have even become seasonal suppliers within the SM group and local markets.

SM Foundation’s KSK-SAP is conducted in partnership with SM Supermalls, TESDA, DA, DSWD, DOST, DTI, and partner farm schools.

KSK-SAP graduates at SM City Calamba proudly show their certificates
KSK-SAP graduates from Laguna during their Market Tour