The project “IPK School Modern Agriculture Project (ISMAP)” was established at the IPK Secondary School in spring 2015.

The main focus of this project concentrates on the expansion of the local agriculture by the cultivation of mushrooms and on intensive training of the IPK students. Thus the project addresses directly and indirectly the problem of the rural poverty in the Kirinda region.

The students achieve additional qualifications with respect to modern agriculture and learn how to improve the nutrition of the school canteen. In addition, the surplus of the harvests shall be sold on the local markets to secure a long-term self-financing of the project.

The aim of the project is the understanding and use of modern agriculture to offer the students of IPK the possibility of a healthy nutrition and, in addition, to enable them to pay their school fees by earning money through harvest sales.

Phase 1 of the project could be settled successfully; phase 2 is running until the end of this year.

So far, phases 1 and 2 of the project have been successfully completed. Phase 3 was financed in March 2019 and runs until the end of the year.