One of the most commonstructures because maize (corn) is one of the major crops in Zambia. Nshima, made from maize, this is the main staple food.
Different sizes and dimensions as well as shapes.
Size and number of granaries gives an indication of the homesteads wealth
Construction of:
The base of the granary is usually raised off the ground to; prevent from animals from eating, to keep it off of the wet ground, and to allow for ventilation underneath.
Support poles for the granary depends on the size desired and availability of materials. 12 pegs ( on average) are used to support cross poles. Pegs have "T' shape to take in cross poles.
The pole and mud structure is tall and skinny, and has a large overhang.
The bamboo structure is larger and squatter. This could be left unplastered.
The roof structure is usually removable. It is a thatched roof, with a large overhang to protect mud walls from the rain. The roof is removable to allow for access inside, or from a side panel.
The connections are raised off of the ground. The walls are usually woven with bamboo and thus allows for ventilation.
Construction of a granary step by step
1. 12 pegs in ground
This grainary is ready to be put on the base and plastered. notice the base with support poles, the basket and the thatched roof.











































2.. Big support poles
8. Roof added
5. Vertical supporting poles
4. Base plastered over
3.. Smaller support poles


7. All plastered
6. Woven basket raised on base