CEREAL BANK PROJECT
Burkina Faso: in activity
To provide some background, since the 1970s, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, like all Sahelian countries, have suffered from erratic rainfall. This led to poor cereal harvests and in turn, to chronic or severe food deficits. From 1970 to 1980, in response to these crises, governments developed numerous strategies to reduce food shortages and improve food security. Although the populations originally had high hopes for conventional grain banks, most of the latter were not operational despite major efforts by national authorities, NGOs and private initiatives to ensure that grain banks become tools for food security. In light of the lessons learned from the difficulties operating conventional cereal banks, alternative approaches were developed that promoted the commercialization of cereals by adhering to the principle of multiple stock rotation, purchases and sales several times during the crop year. Organizations adopting this approach are commonly described as “grain marketing co-operatives”. Our aim is to guide the project towards this form of sustainable management.
Women often experience difficulties accessing credit because they do not have guarantees from institutions working in the area. However, they have crops that could be used to access credit if such crops are stored in good conditions and duly recognised by the credit institution. The grain bank project grew from the desire to store crops to have enough collateral at their disposal to access credit.
- Construction of the Wona grain bank (60 beneficiaries) and purchase of 30 pallets (2016-2017)
- Purchase of 60 pallets for the Boungou and Natongou cereal banks (2016-2017)
- Construction of the Boungou and Natongou cereal banks (2016)
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