Demonstration of techniques for constructing different types of barns (Balanta, bo or madinka) for seed saving in West Africa: earth, straw or both …
Just before the 3rd Fair for farmers’ seeds and biodiversity in Djimini in Senegal in November 2011, several peasant farmers built traditional seed granaries that exist in their villages, representative of several areas throughout the sub-region.
Three types of seed granaries were erected, Bo, Madinka, and Balante. The construction was planned to be a sort of training, during the week before the fair, and was truly a transfer of knowledge. Michel Dena came from Mali for the construction of Bo granary, Francisca Diouf arrived from Casamance (Senegal) to build Madinka, and Mr. Biaye from Velingara (Senegal), with members of his community, to erect Balante. They listed and explained the elements and the process of construction of their respective granaries to four apprentices, members of the ASPSP. Construction of Bo and Madinka granaries were simultaneous, and lasted 10 days from the gathering of necessary materials to the finishing touches. Construction of Balante was faster due to the materials used (braided reeds).
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