Grain Bank (Niger)

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Grain Bank (Niger)
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Country: Niger
Volunteer(s) Name: C Norton
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Washington
Funds community contributed: $1571
Percentage community contributed: 25%
Funds needed were: $4667
Funds requested were: $4667
PPCP #: 683-163
Year of project approval: 2009
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Projects started in Niger 2009 (16).
Classroom Construction, Community Classroom, English Textbooks, Farmers' Cooperative, Grain Bank, Grain Bank (Niger), Microcredit Capacity Building, Millet Grinder, Millet Grinder (Leemon), Millet Grinder (Niger), Project Template (Niger), School Garden to Introduce Health and Nutrition, Soap to Combat Poverty, Village Health Improvement, Water tower … further results
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Other Projects in Niger (16).
Classroom Construction, Community Classroom, English Textbooks, Farmers' Cooperative, Grain Bank, Grain Bank (Niger), Microcredit Capacity Building, Millet Grinder, Millet Grinder (Leemon), Millet Grinder (Niger), Project Template (Niger), School Garden to Introduce Health and Nutrition, Soap to Combat Poverty, Village Health Improvement, Water tower … further results
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Info about the Grain Bank (Niger)

The people of a community in Niger cannot produce enough grain to meet their needs. Environmental pressures such as depletion of topsoil, competition from crop pests and hippos, and low annual rain fall are severely affecting this once prosperous community. In an effort to increase the food security of the village’s 3,000 residents our project proposes to build and stock a self sustainable community grain bank and train community members in grain bank management.

Niger’s rainy season is also known as “hunger season” because many rural Nigeriens have depleted their stores of grain and grain prices are at their highest. During the rainy season it is hard for villagers to procure enough grain to re-plant, let alone eat. The community grain bank will act as a safety net, insuring that millet and sorghum will be available for farmers during the rainy season for both food and seed. Grain will be purchased by the grain bank during the harvest, when grain is abundant and inexpensive. This grain will be held in the grain bank for eight to nine months until it is required for planting; at which time it will be sold at a price above the purchase price, but below the current market price, to supply affordable grain while earning a profit. The profits will be used to increase the amount of grain for the following year.

Project funds will be used to purchase 140, 60 kilo sacks of millet and sorghum. The community will contribute 25% of the total project cost by supplying all the materials for and constructing the grain bank, and by hauling the purchased grain from the market to the facility. Each family also will contribute 2.5 kilos of millet to the grain bank.

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