Almost two years after Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) devastated the Visayas region, survivors in Tacloban still struggle to rebuild their lives, more specifically their livelihood. As a continued effort to help rehabilitate the area, SM Foundation recently concluded its 90th Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan training in Sta. Elena, Tacloban, training 167 farmers, from 15 barangays, in effective and sustainable agriculture.
Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan
About 200 farmers attended the launch of SM Foundation, Inc.’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program in Barangay San Agustin, Betis, Guagua, Pampanga. The Pampanga training marks SM Foundation’s 81st batch and its first KSK training in 2015. Trainees for this batch include residents of the nearby community of Villa Santiago, a residential area for marginalized families, as well as small-scale farmers from neighboring barangays and municipalities.
More than 100 farmers including Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries will join a 3-month farmers training in Cauayan, Isabela under the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Sustainable Agriculture Program of the SM Foundation. Launched last July 7, the KSK farmers training will be conducted every Friday starting July 17, 2015.
SM Foundation started conducting its farmers’ training program in six areas for the second half of 2015. The program targets to train over 700 additional farmers in sustainable backyard farming by the end of the year for a total of over 2,000 farmer-graduates for 2015.
After SM Foundation conducted its sustainable agriculture program Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) farmers’ training in the Yolanda-stricken (international name: Haiyan) area of Iloilo in 2014, a total of 230 farmer-graduates re-entered society with renewed hope.
SM Foundation welcomed farmers and Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from La Union and its neighboring communities into its 87th Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program last February 5, 2015.
SM Foundation’s sustainable agriculture program teaches farmers effective farming
Farming was farthest from Lemie Leonida’s mind back in 2009 when she retired from teaching Math after 21 years at Lambunao National High School in Iloilo. Leonida, 53, said she looked to other sources of income after Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) literally swept away her husband’s sand and gravel business in 2013.
Just months after the completion of their training, SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Batch 74 now helps supply fresh watermelons to SM City Cagayan De Oro (CDO) Supermarket and Savemore stores.
When SM Foundation launched its first Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program in Bacolod, it was envisioned to provide marginal farmers knowledge on the proper vegetable and fruit cultivation using modern technology and organic fertilizers sans the use of pesticides. The end objective was to bring nutritious food to every table of the participants.
Despite the onslaught of a strong typhoon, 141 participants of SM Foundation’s 80th Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training Program finished the season-long training program in Balangiga, Eastern Samar. The graduation ceremony was held recently at the Barangay San Miguel Plaza, Balangiga, Eastern Samar.