SM Foundation’s Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) on Sustainable Agriculture expanded its reach by welcoming new batches of farmer trainees in Tarlac and Pampanga.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the KSK program aims to provide the marginalized farmers with agri-based skillset and livelihood opportunities through market linkages, enabling them to secure healthy food for their family and even for their communities.
The recent KSK launches were held at the following partner farm schools: Castro Tomas Farm School in Camiling, Tarlac; St. Isidore “the farmer” Learning Center in Sta. Ana, Pampanga; and
SM Foundation noted that social distancing, wearing of masks, and other health and safety protocols were observed during the onsite launch. Others attended virtually via an online videoconferencing platform.
In her speech, SMFI AVP for outreach programs Cristie Angeles shared that in the past months, KSK farmer-graduates from Sta. Ana, Pampanga were able to sell their produce to SMDC condo owners under the Good Guys Market — which is a collaboration between the developer giant and SMFI. This initiative meant to not only help ensure food security of condo residents but also provide livelihood to local farmers during this pandemic.
This was seconded by SM Markets SAVP Reynaldo del Valle in his video message for the farmers, “Kami po ay maaring bumili ng inyong mga produkto base po sa aming pangangailangan. Ito po ay mangyayari sa pamamagitan ng pakikipag-ugnayan sa SMFI at sa inyong host farm.”