Effective Grain Storage for Better Livelihoods of African Farmers

Published on 19 August 2010

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Timeline

Start Date: 1 July 2008 | End Date: 31 December 2010

Overview

The Long term goal of the project is to haveĀ  Increased and more secure incomes and reduced vulnerability of resource-poor rural maize producers in sub-Saharan Africa through the implementation of a sustainable long-term (10-year) program which provides affordable and effective on-farm storage technologies to an increasing number of African smallholders.

Objectives of the 2008 – 2010 Pilot phase

Objective 1: Assess the potential for the implementation of the metal silo approach within the ESA maize belt (Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

Objective 2: In two countries, select pilot areas for the implementation of metal silo manufacturing to assess scale-out potential of the technology

Objective 3: Identify in-country lead organizations (NGO, private sector) to implement training of instructors/manufacturers and manufacturing of silos in pilot areas

Objective 4 : In collaboration with SDC, support South-South knowledge transfer from Central America to pilot areas

Objective 5: Assess the economics of maize storage and storage pest control measures in pilot areas

Objective 6: Assess micro-economics of metal silo production (among manufacturers) and purchase (among farmers) in pilot areas

Objective 7: Advise on scale-out potential of technology to other areas and countries in ESA

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