Farmers of Jordan, Guimaras who are beneficiaries of SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (SMFI-KSK) project, held a harvest festival at Sitio Barusbos Brgy. Balcon Maravilla last October 24, 2019. The 211th batch of the program, the farmers had their graduation ceremonies at SM City Iloilo the next day.
These farmers underwent 12 weekly sessions of training on new farming methods, use of the latest agricultural technology as well as values formation, capability building and social entrepreneurship. They were also provided opportunities to create market linkages through the SM Markets suppliers.
The KSK Program is in partnership with Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Department of Agriculture.
SM Foundation recognizes livelihood development as a key component in improving lives in communities. Since 2007, SM Foundation's Farmers' Training Program (Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan) has been helping marginalized farmers become self-sufficient by equipping them with updated knowledge in doable agricultural technology.
Also recently, a sustainability forum was held to make sure that the project will continue after their training. Part of the program was also the crafting of a sustainability plan so there will be specific actions that will be done in coordination with the Local government unit of Jordan and the project partners.
Gracing the program were SM Foundation Asst. Vice President Cristie Angeles, Jordan Mayor Ruben Corpuz, Norma Ruth Raymundo of DSWD central office, and SM City Iloilo Asst. Mall Manger Jasmine Maquiling.