Shodh Yatris walk around a distance of roughly 250 k.m or so in a span of seven to eight days – meet the villagers, farmers, artisans etc. individually unearthing   traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations.

HoneyBee Network is planning its 37th Shodh Yatra in search of grassroot innovation, in the rural and coastal areas of Goa in May 2016. This is to undertake a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots.

Honey Bee is a crucible of like-minded individuals, innovators, farmers, scholars, academicians, policy makers, organic farming, handicrafts, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations.

It looks at the field of agriculture, veterinary, technical innovation, animal husbandry, healing and health practices, watershed, and the like.

Recently a Shodhyatra was held in distant Arunachal Pradesh.

Honey Bee is an initiative of Dr Anil Kumar Gupta, a globally renowned scholar in the area of grassroots innovations, founder of the Honey Bee Network and Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahemadabad.

Presently, a two-member of Shristi, Ahmedabad — comprising of Ramji Dadhi (9427370881) and Mahesh Parmar (9227461139) — are in Goa, in order to plan the event. They will be here for the next few days, and have been scouting around for potential innovation at the grassroot level. Any suggestions are welcome.

They have also met up with like-minded organisations, and are keen to collaborate on this work. Their efforts are connected with the National Innovation Foundation, India (NIF) which is a Government of India autonomous body under the Department of Science and Technology (India). The NIF aims to provide institutional support for scouting, spawning, sustaining and scaling up the grassroots innovations across the country.

Shodh Yatris walk around a distance of roughly 250 k.m or so in a span of seven to eight days. Shodh Yatris meet the villagers, farmers, artisans etc. individually.

The Yatris also look for the odd ball i.e. any body doing something differently and try to understand the logic behind it. During the Shodh Yatra, an attempt is also made to discover new methods of crop protection, cattle rearing and improved implements developed by the villagers.

Night meets, biodiversity competitions, recipe contests (for nutritious cooking), and felicitation of creative villagers are also undertaken.

The term Shodh Yatra was coined by Professor Anil Gupta of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in 1998. The term literally means “search journey” or an exploration, but not in the geographical sense only – the outward journey has to be matched by an inward journey, for the yatra to be fruitful.

Shodh Yatra is a journey for the search of knowledge, creativity and innovations at the grassroots. Reaching out to remote parts of the country, it carries the firm belief that the hardship and challenges of natural surroundings are prime motivators of creativity and innovations.

A Shodh Yatra aims at unearthing such traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations. Shodh Yatra is also a journey of mutual exchange and sharing of knowledge.

 

Website – www.sristi.org