After a 12-week training on good crop cultivation practices and innovative farming methods, two batches of SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program completed their training.

One hundred three participants comprising batch 208 of SM Foundation’s earned their certificates in ceremonies held at SM City Taytay. Heavy downpour did not dampen the jovial mood of the trainees during the harvest festival at Barangay San Juan, Taytay as they harvest their crops and joined in the games prepared by personnel from the SM Group.

SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kalikasan (KSK ) trainees in Rosario, Cavite (above); another KSK trainees in Taytay, Rizal (below)

Besides SM City Taytay and SM Hypermarket Taytay, project partners included the local government of Taytay, DSWD, DA, Sulit Farm and Harbest Agribusiness Corporation.

In Rosario, Cavite, another batch of KSK trainees also completed their training. Eighty-eight participants of batch 207 received their certificates at SM City Rosario. Project partners for this batch were, DA, DSWD, Macondray Philippines, local government of Rosario, Savemore, Sm Supermarket and SM City Rosario. BDO Foundation, a project partner in all KSK training programs conducts a seminar where the farmers are taught basic lessons on accounting.

The KSK farmers’ training program teaches farmers effective backyard planting and small-scale farming techniques for fruits and vegetables to improve the quality and quantity of their crops as well as provide organic food for their families. They are also taught how to form cooperatives to link them to local markets and eventually prepare them to become SM suppliers.