Moses Kizza Musaazi - Technology for Tomorrow Ltd.
Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks Granary (ISSB- GRANARY) is a product for ensuring food security, especially for peasant farmers to store their dry food such as maize.
$204 USD 1. The block press costs $1,520 USD. Intended to be bought by a community entrepreneur who will do business of ISSB granary construction. 2. The entrepreneur will construct each ISSB granary at $204 USD (realizing a profit of $26 USD). 3. Micro-finance institution loan to the farmer of $204 USD, at an interest rate of 15% pa ($31 USD), enables the micro-finance institution to get their money back within one season if the farmer will realize a net sale of $600 USD.
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Peasant farmers in Kenya and Uganda, who have little or no storage currently to store crops, such as maize.
ISSB Granaries are individually constructed with the use of a block press to produce Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks
The ISSB Granary does not have IP protection, however it is not an open source product. Interested parties are requested for:
(i) technology transfer fees
(ii) acknowledgement of the innovator (Dr. Moses Kizza Musaazi) ^Interview ^with ^inventor
The ISSB ganary cannot be purchased as a product. The construction process is taught to the farmers so they can build it themselves.Interview with inventor
There are 30 units constructed to date in Uganda. ^Interview ^with ^inventor
The construction of the ISSB Granary requires Interlocking Stabilised Soil Blocks (ISSB) produced via a block press. ISSBs are made from non-organic soil, a small amount of cement and little water. Blocks are made on the site thereby reducing transportation costs. The Granary has a capacity of 1,000-3,000 kg of grain.
Trained village level entrepreneur/manufacturer provide support.
The granaries are constructed locally on site. Only replacement parts are the bricks.
Managed at household levels and can last many years.
The granaries have demonstrated the capacity to store maize grain free from pests for a period of more than 6 months reducing post harvest waste and ensuring better prices for farmers.
The interlocking stabilized soil blocks perform better than clay bricks by increasing the structural stability of built walls, while reducing the amount of cement needed as mortar.
No known hazards.
Innovations for Agricultural Value Chains in Africa Applying Science and Technology to Enhance Cassava, Dairy, and Maize Value Chains– Meridian Institute Value Chains Initiative – Update November 2012 Not peer reviewed
None indicated. The design is adapted and adjusted to local needs on site. Applicable international standards are unknown.
Structural stability, amount of cement required, reduction of transportation, fuel, and construction costs, amount of storage time.
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