XSF was established on September 13, 1968 by the late Fr. William F. Masterson, S.J. in his vision to develop Mindanao as a center for agricultural development. It is with this vision that XSF over three decades has supported development work directed to poverty reduction and social empowerment through agriculture. Since its beginning in 1968, XSF has grown to become a respected member of the social development community. XSF has supported varied development programs and projects in partnership with government institutions, donor organizations and corporate foundations in the country and those operating internationally. It has committed its resources to uplift the marginal sectors through various programs on institution building, rural social leadership, management training and sustainable agriculture development, among others.