This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Associated with Projects R6311, R6658, R6502 and R8265. Modified farm
stores are providing vital solutions to long-standing storage problems
in Africa and elsewhere. While grain storage structures help protect
against crop losses from insects, rodents, moulds, theft and fire,
traditional designs are not always effective and building them is
difficult for poor communities where hardwood supply is limited.
Smallholders in Zimbabwe are using PVC pipes filled with concrete to
replace timber, with the added advantage that rodents and termites
don't attack these posts. A manual and video are facilitating extension
to other countries. More than 1000 farmers in Ghana are using mud silos
successfully, and guidelines for their promotion are available. Finally,
metal silo storage is widely used in Latin America as well as in
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (8
pp.) taken from the CD.
CPH23, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 100.