UTMT Wins HCL Foundation Grant Of 5 CroresMarch 6, 2020 | Category:Awards
Established in 2009, the not for profit Under The Mango Tree (UTMT) Society founded by Vijaya Pastala promotes beekeeping with indigenous bees to increase agricultural productivity.
Beekeeping for Poverty Reduction Award, 20162016 | Category:Awards
Asian Apiculture Association (AAA) and Highland Agriculture Research and Development Enterprise (HARDEN), Nepal
Beekeeping Empowers Women, brings in Honey and lush Kitchen GardensOctober 9, 2020 | Category:Media
Most of these women were honey hunters; they became beekeepers after the training. The beekeepers found feral colonies of indigenous bees such as the Indian honey bee (Apis cerana indica), giant Asian honey bee (Apis dorsata), and the Indian stingless bee (Tetragonula iridipennis). The colonies are found in mud or in tree cavities and then relocated into a beebox.
15 Organisations and Initiatives Helping to Save the BeesSeptember 4, 2020 | Category:Media
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 loveMay 20, 2020 | Category:Media
“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 metricsMay 21, 2020 | Category:Media
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 tooMay 20, 2020 | Category:Media
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 GrantFebruary 27, 2020 | Category:Media
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.
Unseen 219: Silence of the beesDecember 28, 2019 | Category:Media
The UN acknowledged their contribution by instituting a World Bee Day last year. In a statement on 20 May, the Food and Agriculture Organization urged countries to step up efforts to protect bees—crucial allies in the fight against hunger.
Thinking out of the beeboxSeptember 27, 2019 | Category:Media
“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 IndiaJune 6, 2019 | Category:Media
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 backMay 20, 2019 | Category:Media
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?May 2018 | Category:Media
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.
Hunger for BeesOctober 16, 2016 | Category:Media
Ms. Bilkule has been a farmer her entire life, but a beekeeper only for the last two years, “It’s a training program that we have carried out with over 500 farmer women from very poor or tribal areas”, says Rhea Cordeiro, of the NGO Under the Mango Tree, which encourages beekeeping as an important way to ensure food supplies for this rural population.
Vijaya Pastala makes people’s lives sweet sitting ‘Under the Mango Tree’September 7, 2015 | Category:Media
A classic case in point is Vijaya herself who put in 14 years of hard work and perseverance to get the venture the shape it is currently in. Not only has she worked extensively in providing community-based livelihood, Vijaya has done what she does best – analysed poverty and worked extensively in providing community-based livelihood.
Down to EarthApril 4, 2015 | Category:Media
While there has been much scientific work on bees in agricultural and forest settings, worldwide, urban bee ecology is a relatively emerging field. Very little scientific information is available on the habitat requirements of the insect in urban landscape. What is worse is that hardly any study has been done in India.
A pintful of Honey in MumbaiAugust 17, 2014 | Category:Media
An upcoming initiative in the city may have found a way to make armchair activists contribute somewhat meaningfully to society.