In India’s remote villages, tribal farmers struggle to make ends meet. Drought and low crop yields mean poor living conditions and low incomes. To supplement their income, tribal farmers often resort to honey hunting – a practice which sees them find and destroy natural hives.
Mumbai-based organization Under the Mango Tree is trying to teach farmers how to keep rather than kill bees. Lauren Farrow reports on the eco-friendly farming initiative that is putting millions of bees to work in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
Aired on Deutsche Welle Radio Living Planet on December 23, 2010
Aired on Asia Calling on July 17, 2010
Take a visual tour of the art of beekeeping here
See what life is like in South Gujarat’s villages here