Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tap into a repository of innovative solutions from developing countries to solve the problems of a billion farmers in the rural areas?
No need to go further than the Honeybee Network. The National Innovation Foundation – an NGO affiliated with a number of top-level research institutions – has been building a database of innovations from the “grassroots”. So, if you are looking for an innovative way to store sweet potatoes or a way to ease pedalling uphill, that’s the place to go. Innovations are collected from 545 Indian districts and patents are sold at the national or even international level.
A team of scouts is on the lookout for innovative answers to daily challenges in the rural areas. All propositions are screened and evaluated. Competitions are also organized to tap into young minds’ unbridled approach to problem-solving.
For sure, Honeybee won’t solve all the problems of rural development but it reminds us that innovation happens all the time and everywhere. The rest is just a question of diffusion.