Saving for rainy days

Apr 30, 2014

People of West Bengal’s Sunderbans region are setting up grain banks to safeguard against food crisis.

In September 2013, seven of the 11 members of West Bengal-based Ma Ameena self-help group (SHG), of which Subedan is a member, set up a community grain bank, or grain gola. The cylindrical structure is made of straw ropes, cement, mud or bamboo, and stands on stilts to safeguard against pest attacks and floodwater. It is built and maintained by the SHG members, and has become central to food security.