SM Foundation fosters Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program initiative

Who would have thought that this vision of Henry Sy, Sr., back in 2007, would have been so uncanny in predicting the mounting problems and issues we face today in agriculture, sustainable food production, food security, and urban development?

Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP) is the SM founder's vision and dream that the SM Foundation is proudly fostering.

This Urban Farming initiative is uplifting the farmer community, fostering environmental consciousness, food security, and creating livelihood and income opportunities for marginalized urban communities. KSK-SAP offers a comprehensive program of urban farming techniques, product development, marketing, and basic accounting directed at strategically-located field schools.

Trainings have taken place in both rural and urban settings, where participants have been exposed to sustainable farming modules that promote the cultivation of nutritious, high-quality vegetables and fruits.

To date, the KSK program has successfully conducted over 260 sustainable agricultural trainings, benefiting a total of 28,550 farmers.

SM Foundation has brought SM Supermalls and SM Markets into the picture so that as these urban farmers successfully harvest, they’re given an opportunity to market and sell their produce at the Sunday Markets. And when the produce reaches a volume that goes beyond this Sunday marketing mechanism, the SM Markets offer other alternatives in several malls across the nation.

The SM Foundation creates strategic partnerships with government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Tourism and LGUs to ensure the viability of the program. Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP) teaches them what and how to farm and then patches them up with outlets to monetize this harvest, thereby creatung end-to-end true income opportunities for marginalized farning communities.

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