There must be a community decision to establish a grain bank. Outsiders should not make this decision. The community must own and control the grain bank itself.
- If a community feels that a grain bank will improve its food security, first it should elect a committee to manage the grain bank. Men may find it easier to travel to distant markets to purchase grain, whilst experience shows that women are often better at keeping open and fair accounts.
- Initially a grain bank will require money or credit to enable the purchase of grain at low prices. Sometimes outside organisations may be able to help. Community members may be able to provide start-up loans or supplies of grain with the assurance that they will receive this back with interest later in the year.