This is the catalogue for storage structures and technologies available to small scale farmers in Africa.

You can browse the list below, display stores categories by selecting the blue button below, or search by keyword, or if you know the name of the store you are looking for, you can select the letter of its initial in the alphabetical list just above.

Once you have located the store of interest, click on Read More (or on the name of the store) to access the full record for this particular store. Full records are made of several pages, which you can access by clicking on the corresponding tab. 

Jute sacks
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Jute sacks are usually constructed from woven strands of jute. After filling, the necks of the bags are sewn shut by hand or with a stitching machine. Most jute bags have a 100kg or 90kg ... Read more

Metal drums
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Metal drums are constructed from sheet metal and were originally designed as oil drums; some used for grain storage may be thoroughly cleaned, second-hand oil drums. The drums are gas-tight (hermet... Read more

GrainPro Grainsafe II and III
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Grainsafes/cocoons are made of tough gas-proof plastic sheeting and are closed using a gas-tight zip. Once filled and closed they are hermetic so that when filled with grain a modified atmosphere i... Read more

GrainPro grain cocoon
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Grainsafes/cocoons are made of tough gas-proof plastic sheeting and are closed using a gas-tight zip. Once filled and closed they are hermetic so that when filled with grain a modified atmosphere i... Read more

Metal silos
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Metal silos are constructed from sheet metal, often by local artisans. They are designed as grain stores but are sometimes used as water tanks. They range in capacity from 90kg to 3000kg. They shou... Read more

Metal tanks
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Metal tanks are constructed from corrugated iron. They were originally designed as water tanks but found to make good grain stores. They can be made gas-tight (hermetic) with careful sealing but if... Read more

Zimbabwe granary
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An improved granary constructed from brick, concrete slabs, wire mesh and thatch is used in Zimbabwe. Internally the store has 6 separate compartments with a total capacity of 3 tonnes. Pest contro... Read more

Tanzanian kihenge
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An improved woven basket granary (kihenge) is used in Tanzania. It is constructed of bamboo or other sticks and then sealed by pastering with a mixture of mud, cow dung, and ash. There may be an ou... Read more

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