A hive of ideas in India

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Anil Gupta, the son of a lowly teacher in Uttar Pradesh (India) is a professor at the Ahmed Abad Management Institute. He started the HoneyBee network, a farming innovations network in 1989. The network’s aim is to collect, develop and broadcast the practical innovations of traditional Indian populations. The only innovations that are kept through annual competitions are the « green » innovations which are not dangerous for the environment. 36 000 often very simple commonsensical ideas which are easy to replicate have been collected in this way in a database which is unique in the world. These ideas are passed on through newsletters translated in over 12 Indian languages (Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, rajasthani …) and local groups on the ground.

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