The objective is to store part of the harvest in a warehouse of the village; the Association pays for to build up stocks. The cereals are sold by the peasants after the harvest at market price. Later on, when the granaries are empty, the cereal bank sells back cereals to the peasants of the village at market price (higher than the price paid at the harvest season). These sales allow rebuilding and even increasing the stock during the following season. The generated profits coming from the differential in price are kept by the village rather than bringing profits to traders.
In 2006 a cereal bank was created at Lougou, also at Gaouna and Guezanaya, two villages at the north of Arewa (AECIN) as well as Angoual Saoulo and Goofat (Amis du Niger).
A management committee is needed to effectively run the cereal bank without external help and RAEDD provides the training of the members of the committee.
In 2010 two new cereal banks were established with help from the city of Cesson, in Koujac and Dadin Kooua, in the Dankassari district.
In 2016, following an appraisal of cereal banks and mills, a training plan was drafted for all the Cereal Bank Management Commitees in Dankassari. The Koujak and Dadin Kooua cereal banks have been upgraded, one that was superfluous in Lougou was transferred to Faya and a new one was installed in Douzou.
On that occasion the cereal banks of Gaouna and Guézanaya (Matankari commune) have been upgraded and Management Committees have been trained.
In 2021, cereal storage was created at Garin Aggour and at Koumtchi in Dankassari district. Each cereal store staff received training sessions for their COGES and steady follow up from RAEDD.
Early in 2022, three villages in Dankassari suffering from serious crop shortages in 2021 are being identified as needing further cereal stores.