A Newsletter of Creativity and Innovation at the Grassroots
An invitation to join a global movement to conserve biodiversity through documentation, experimentation and value addition and dissemination of local innovations by farmers, pastoralist, artisans, horticulturalists et al. you may also participate in the campaign for protection of Intellectual Property Rights of Grassroots level innovators.
Honey Bee Newsletter- a dialogue on the creativity of farmers, artisans, pastoralists and other grassroots innovators- was launched in 1989 to network innovators, scientists and policy makers. The quarterly newsletter has been reviewed in many national and international publications. It has now readers from more than 75 countries. A large number of readers keep on writing to Honey Bee regarding grassroots innovations that they come across.
Honey Bee in its newsletters carries stories of and on grassroots creativity, resilience of local knowledge system, systemic pressures exerted upon natural resources, ingenuity in the conservation of bio-diversity, lessons from organic farming, news of innovations from different parts of the country etc. Besides the Honey Bee Newsletters carry the queries of the readers along with the response from the editorial team. The queries come from the experimenting farmers and young students about the problem they are facing in farming practices, or on the comments that are published in the Honey Bee.
Every year Honey Bee receives hundreds of letters from its readers. The letters came from all the parts of the country. The letters display a wide range of support base for Honey Bee Network- from Government circles to the grassroots innovators, from funding agencies to local farmers, all putting up their support and co-operation for Honey Bee Network in some form or other. A lot of innovations like medical diagnostic instrument called otonasal endoscope by Dr. Vasant Shankar Kalburgi, tower lifter irrigation, innovation of a machine which is equivalent to 10 KVA generators etc. were brought to the attention of the Honey Bee through letters from various grassroots innovators and their referees. There were also a lot of requests for subscribing Honey Bee, Sujh Bujh and other SRISTI publications.
With the help of regional collaborators, six local language versions of Honey Bee are brought to facilitate cross-cultural exchange of knowledge and mutual learning among communities. The local versions include: Tamil (Num Vali Velanmai), Kannada (Hittalagida), Gujarati (LokSarvani), Hindi (Sujh Bujh), Malayalam (Inikarshakan Samsarikatte) and Oriya (Ama Akha Pakha). Efforts are on to bring out more regional versions of Honey Bee to reach out to even a bigger audience. So far all the regional networks have been supported through volunteers inspired by Honey Bee network.