SM Foundation caps modern agri training of farmers in Luzon

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

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

The milestone of the said event marks a step towards sustainable farming practices and economic empowerment for marginalized farmers in various regions of Luzon.

In Central Luzon, SM Foundation concluded the KSK-SAP training with a graduation ceremony in Olongapo City and San Marcelino, Zambales. Following this success, the foundation extended its reach to Southern Luzon, celebrating the graduation of farmers in Calamba and San Pablo, Laguna. 

 KSK-SAP graduates from Laguna during their Market Tour

The graduation ceremonies were marked by more than just the presentation of certificates. Market tours with SM Markets was held, allowing the farmer-trainees to explore potential marketing opportunities for their produce. They also had harvest festivals to showcase the fruits of their labor. The events culminated with awarding ceremonies to honor the farmers’ hard work and dedication. 

KSK-SAP graduates at SM City Calamba proudly show their certificates.

Thrive amidst changes

Throughout the 14-week program, farmer trainees underwent comprehensive training in various aspects of agriculture. They gained valuable insights into the cultivation and management of diverse crops, along with modern techniques and best practices for planting, tending, and harvesting. This holistic approach equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today's ever-changing agricultural landscape.

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

KSK-SAP and its partners also converged to conduct various lectures on the life principles inspired by Henry Sy Sr., financial literacy, and business and livelihood development. These additional components of the program empower the farmer-beneficiaries not only to grow crops but also to become empowered agripreneurs, capable of contributing to the nation's food security.

The KSK-SAP program has been implemented across the nation, as graduation ceremonies were also held in multiple locations across Mindanao, including Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, General Santos City, and Zamboanga. The KSK-SAP also has upcoming graduations in other areas in Batangas and Legazpi.

Since 2007, the KSK-SAP has fueled the farming and entrepreneurial capabilities of over 28,000 marginalized rural and urban farmers nationwide. Some of the farmers’ training graduates have become seasonal suppliers within the SM group and other local markets.

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