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Senegal: Stock a grain bank

With a safe place to store grain, farmers can be sure of having food for the future.

The problem

Many farmers in Senegal have no reliable way to store their harvests. Disease and insects often attack the grain, robbing farmers and their families of the food they need and threatening future harvests.

What you can do

Your support can help stock a grain bank, ensuring that farmers can buy food at a reasonable price during times of shortage and can get seeds to sow at the start of a new planting cycle.

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What your donations can buy

Donate $20  $20 will buy half of 110 pound bag of rice for eating

Donate $50  $50 will buy one 110 pound bag of rice for eating and one 110 pound bag of corn or millet seeds for planting

Donate $100$100 will buy two 110 pound bags of rice, one 110 pound bag of maize, and one 110 pound bag of rice seeds for planting

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Your support at work

 

As the head of a household that includes 28 members, Fatoumata Seydi faces a large responsibility, especially where food is concerned. But as an active member of a local grain bank—and its treasurer—she is working to ensure that she gets top dollar for the grains she harvests in the Senegalese village of Saradou.

Earnings from the grain she sold recently through the bank helped her provide her children with an education. And Seydi was also able to borrow seeds for planting and pay the loan back with 10 percent interest when her harvest came in.

Help women like Fatoumata earn a living and work their way out of poverty.

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Project details

A bountiful harvest is always a welcome reward for a farmer’s hard work. But for many in Senegal, 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.

When a community has a grain bank, it can help ensure that more people have access to enough food.

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