A bountiful harvest is always a welcome reward for a farmer’s hard work. But for many, that bounty doesn’t necessarily guarantee they will have enough to eat.
Without proper storage, farmers can lose much of what they gather from their fields. That’s where grain banks come in. They are communal store houses managed by the farmers themselves where participants can sell their grain, save any that’s extra , and earn some interest on those saved sacks.
Well ventilated and constructed with cement walls and floors, the grain banks help farmers keep their harvests free of pests and disease, ensuring that there will be seeds to plant during the next growing cycle and food to eat during lean times. The banks help farmers secure a better price for their harvests, thereby boosting their household income, and they offer access to a ready market, saving farmers a long haul to a distant selling place. Participants are able to purchase grain from the banks at a reasonable price. And farmers can also use what they have stored in the banks as collateral if they need to take out a loan.