Farming for food sufficiency and livelihood

Batch 160 KSK learned urban farming in Valenzuela 

SM Foundation has been conducting simultaneous Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program in rural and urban areas nationwide. From May to June, ten batches graduated from the twelve-week program where more than 900 participants learned about modern farming methods. Included in the module are lessons in Financial Literacy given by BDO One Net, Accounting for Non-Accountants given by the Association of Certified Public Accountants in Commerce & Industry, and a forum where the farmers are instructed on proper planning to make their businesses sustainable.

 Batch 165 KSK is the second group SMFI trained in Marawi. 

The farmer-graduates are encouraged to apply what they have learned to ensure they have food for their families and as a source of livelihood. Their Sustainability plans were presented during their graduation, where the local government units and agencies committed to adopt the cities and municipalities to develop a more comprehensive agricultural plan. Moreover, the program has become an avenue for participants such as Department of Education teachers to replicate the new skills and technologies they have learned, which they can impart to their students. 

A farmer-graduate from Batch 164 KSK starts to harvest in Sta. Rosa, Laguna

The KSK farmers who recently graduated are from Northville II, Brgy. Bignay, Valenzuela City; F.M. Guerrero Elementary School in Paco, Manila; Barangay San Dionisio, Paranaque City; Barangay Cupang, Muntinlupa City; Barangay Tumana, Marikina City; Barangay Dita, Santa Rosa, Laguna;  Barangay Cabid-an, Sorsogon City, Barangay Padang, Legazpi City; Barangay Tiniwisan, Butuan City; and Barangay Dulay Proper, Marawi City.