15 Organisations and Initiatives Helping to Save the Bees

15 Organisations and Initiatives Helping to Save the Bees

Under The Mango Tree Society was founded with the mission to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in rural India. The organization teaches farmers how to maintain bee boxes on their farms and harvest honey, and connects them to markets to sell their honey. They specifically focus on the indigenous bee, Apis cerana indica, to increase pollination and crop yields. In addition, the organization has trained upwards of 1,000 women to be beekeepers.

Indian honey bees need some love

Indian honey bees need some love

“A road map for beekeeping was laid out as an agricultural input [external sources that aid farming, such as fertiliser] because pollination is 40 times more important than honey. But with the focus shifting to large holder agriculture, these plans remained on paper,” says Sujana Krishnamoorthy, Executive Director of Under The Mango Tree (UTMT), a non-profit organisation that trains small farmers in beekeeping.

Bee, the change to right metrics

Bee, the change to right metrics

The real value of bees comes from pollination. Many important crops would not appear at all without pollination from bees, or would produce less efficiently. UTMT has done studies, carried out by independent researchers in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, which establish the impact of bees on many crops.

India needs to go local with bees too

India needs to go local with bees too

In his address to the nation on 12 May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out the criticality of local production. While its implications for industry et al have been discussed, one area where this matters more than anything else is the beekeeping policy.

HCL Foundation Announces Winners of Fifth Edition of HCL Grant

HCL Foundation Announces Winners of Fifth Edition of HCL Grant

HCL Grant is one of the biggest and most coveted institutionalized CSR grants in India that aims to recognize the rise of the Fifth Estate – the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) – and support their breakthrough projects reaching out to the rural communities in the country.

Thinking out of the beebox

Thinking out of the beebox

“Bees don’t discriminate between men and women when they sting. Then why should we wonder if working with bees is more suitable for men or women,” jokes Kalpana-taiin Warli, the spoken language of Adivasis living in the mountainous and coastal areas near the Maharashtra-Gujarat border.

Under The Mango Tree – Latest from our project in India

Under The Mango Tree – Latest from our project in India

In a cluster of villages with even scarcer water resources UTMT has expanded into a kitchen garden project. Apart from increasing bee forage, the key aims are to help villagers grow more healthy food for themselves – while making use of waste water

World Bee Day 2019: Honey, We shrunk the (number of) bees, we must bring them back

World Bee Day 2019: Honey, We shrunk the (number of) bees, we must bring them back

Imagine living in a world without flowers or fruit or coffee or chocolate cake and strawberry ice cream. Imagine if all you could get on your pizza – is corn and mushrooms. No tomato sauce, no cheese, no peppers or any other yummy toppings. But thanks to the wonderful work of pollinators like bees, much of the food we eat and enjoy is made possible.

Where on Earth is Pimpalner?

Where on Earth is Pimpalner?

In February 2018, Martin and Marianne were invited to Pimpalner by Sujana Kirshnamoorthy to visit an Under the Mango Tree (UTMT) bee project in India. In January, staff of this NGO had undertaken training sponsored by Bees Abroad. Under the Mango Tree works exclusively with Indian honey bees.