Moses Kizza Musaazi - Technology for Tomorrow Ltd.
The Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks Granary (ISSB Granary) is a solution for ensuring low cost, secure food storage especially for peasant farmers.
The Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks Granary (ISSB Granary) is a solution for ensuring low cost, secure food storage especially for peasant farmers who cannot afford silos. Farmers can store their crops and sell it later on when the prices are higher.
Countries in Africa; however primarily focused on Uganda and Kenya
- The block press costs $1,520 USD. Intended to be bought by a community entrepreneur who will do business of ISSB granary construction.
- The entrepreneur will construct each ISSB granary at $204 USD (realizing a profit of $26 USD).
- 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.
Traditional and modern storage facilities such as grain silos and granaries.
Goal 2: Aims to improve food security by reducing the 40-60% post harvest loss.
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 interested parties are asked to pay a technology transfer fee and acknowledge the inventor (Dr. Moses Kizza Musaazi) Interview with inventor
The ISSB granary 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
Design specifications: Interview with representative
- The construction of the ISSB Granary requires Interlocking Stabilised Soil Blocks (ISSB) produced via a block press.
- Blocks are made on the site thereby reducing transportation costs.
Trained village level entrepreneur/manufacturer provide support.
The granaries are constructed locally on site. The only replacement parts are the bricks.
Managed at household levels and can last many years. Interview with representative
- 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.
- In comparison to the traditional granaries, the construction of the ISSB Granary requires minimum skills and uses only environmentally friendly technologies
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.
Designer. Interview with representative
No known hazards.
T4T also offers a variety of products such as Makapads, Incinerators, ISSB water tanks, thin shell concrete roofs and more.
- 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
Evaluations are made based on the structural stability, amount of cement required, reduction of transportation, fuel, and construction costs, amount of storage time. Interview with representative
In context photographs (0)
You can use the form below to contribute a photo of this product.
In context files & documents (0)
Feedback from users, customers & distributors
Please let us know your experience in using this product through comments below.