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O'Dowd, E.T.; New, J.H.; Bisbrown, A.J.K.; Hallam, J.A.; Joy, Corinne (1987)
Publisher: Overseas Development Natural Resources Institute
Languages: English
Types: Other
Subjects: S1
The bulletin provides technical, economic and managerial assessment of emergency storage systems. It is based on investigations conducted by ODNRI and on information provided by users from the World Food Programme and five relief agencies. Where the priority was provision of food shelters quickly and easily, with facilities for rapid relocation, users favoured a combination of tarpaulins, tents and plastic-covered metal frame structures . Where the priority was security/ease of management, traditional warehouses or frameless modular structures were superior, more permanent and had a lower annual cost after four years of use. In either case if stores could be provided locally this was generally preferable - for reasons of speed and economy - to provision of imported stores, of which there are a number of well-tested types. Part I of the bulletin provides background, research and tables showing operational comparisons, capital costs, procurement times, packed weights and annual costs for the main store types. Recommendations for research on design of stores capable of resisting tropical wind loads and on bumper crop storage are made. Part II summarizes the results in Part I and provides for users/donors/ governments: (a) a practical decision tree for choosing a store, (b) a method for calculating store capacity, and (c) a catalogue of suppliers giving product details for freight, costs and telex numbers. Suppliers of pallets are included.

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