We are offering help to find the best grain stores for smallholders and institutions

26 Choosing a store type

Below you will find links to the Grain Store Catalogue and the Granary selector training app that supply information and advice on small grain-stores (50kg to 300t).  The types of stores included support the livelihoods and food security of smallholder farmers and farmer groups and the day to day needs of institutions such as schools, prisons etc..  Practitioners are also able to link to a Grain Storage Forum discussion to share information and views. 

Before entering the Grain Store Catalogue it is useful to have an overview of the granaries available and their characteristics by consulting these tables: 

  • Table 1: Overview of storage solutions
  • Table 2: Costs of storage solutions
  • Table 3: Positive and negative features of stores

Stores vary in many ways such as capacity, durability, costs, etc., so selecting the right one can be difficult

14 Storage Capacity

The Grain Store Catalogue provides a wealth of information and is derived from a specially commissioned grain store survey; the survey report can be seen here. To help in the search for the 'right' store, we have classified the available grain storage solutions into 4 broad categories. You should click on one of the icons in the table below to see the range of stores in each category. You can then select a store from this range to find out more about it and, if available, download a detailed extension leaflet. You can also access, browse and search the complete Grain Store Catalogue here.

    GRAIN STORE CATALOGUE - click on a store category in this table to start investigating different store types   

Open weave sacks:

5 Jute bagICON

Widely used and relatively cheap sacks but also includes sacks that have an insecticide treatment within their fabric

Hermetic stores:

1 Hermetic tripleICON

A variety of storage containers offering excellent grain quality preservation by creating a low oxygen and high carbon dioxide storage environment

 Metal silos and tanks:

10 MetalDrum vfICON

Stores that prevent pest entry and if fully sealed will be hermetic and so offer excellent grain quality preservation

Improved traditional granaries:

11 ZimBurntBrick vfICON

Traditional smallholder granaries that have been improved to offer better protection from rodents
and water damage

Granary selector can help you choose an appropriate store type by comparing the stores that are available. It generates a short list of suitable stores based on the users' logistical requirements (e.g. quantities to store, required storage period, etc.) and the resources they have available (e.g. cash, material, labour, etc.). But it is important to remember that the ultimate choice of a particular store type must be made in consultation with the people who will actually use it.  This is because the adoption of a store type is often influenced by a complex of social and cultural factors not just simple utilitarian concerns.

 Click the icon to go to Granary selector page

Model screen capture

Granary selector is a training tool to help you plan and budget for the purchase of appropriate improved storage solutions. 


Share your grain store experiences, see the views of others and help us improve this website. You can do this by contributing to the Grain Storage Technologies Forum discussion at FAO's Community of Practice on Food Loss Reduction, which is hosting a dedicated section on grain storage techniques. New information contributed through the Forum may be used to update the web pages here.




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