Storing grain

Children in front of granaries, NigerIn rural areas of Niger, many villages have prominent round granaries for the storing of grain.

These impressive store-houses are made from traditional materials, with mud walls and thatch ‘lids’. They’re raised from the ground to help maintain stable temperatures inside and discourage unwanted visitors.

Grain and stores of other crops are particularly susceptible to being infiltrated by pests such as weevils, mice and rats.

Traditional structures are designed to reduce the loss of grain to such pests. However, farmers are also being advised about how to improve designs further to prevent post-harvest losses or are being provided with modern-day solutions such as metal containers.