BALIWAG, Bulacan — Through the joint efforts of the Provincial and Local government, Departments of Agriculture and Social Welfare and Development, Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, SM City Baliwag and SM Markets, the Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) of SM Foundation, bring together 4Ps members and small farmers in selected municipalities in Bulacan for a 12-week season lecture and hands-on technological training.
Formally launched at Barangay Matangtubig in Baliwag, the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan training will run until May 24 this year. The program also consists of participants from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, who despite their minimal knowledge in farming and limited planting spaces and resources, will also benefit from the program through the provided hands-on training on how to grow safe and sustainable crops, vegetables and fruits, in their backyards.
The training also provides input on how aspiring farmers could become entrepreneurs, amidst economic challenges, and changing weather conditions.
Since the program’s establishment in 2007, SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan evolved into one of the pillars of the SM Foundation’s CSR Programs and was able to reach out to more than 21,000 marginalized families around the country and provide opportunities for food security and sustainable agriculture.
In 2018, SM’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan provided farmers training at Lanao, Marawi in collaboration with the LGU and Task Force Bangon Marawi headed by Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario. The program benefitted participants coming from internally displaced persons of the war-torn Islamic City.
In the same year, about 221 evacuees graduated from the previous Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program in Barangay Nangka, Balo-i, Lanao del Norte.
Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers Training Program in Baliwag will hold a Harvest Festival at the end of training followed by a Graduation Ceremony in SM City Baliwag. Aside from receiving their Certificate of Completion, graduate farmers will also be given the opportunity to tour around SM Market and display their harvested crops for selling at the SM Mall in the city. (RONDA Balita Online News)