Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 18 states in India.

Navdanya has helped set up 122 community seed banks across the country, trained over 5,00,000 farmers in seed sovereignty, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in the country.

Navdanya has also set up a learning center, Bija Vidyapeeth (School of the Seed / Earth University) on its biodiversity conservation and organic farm in Doon Valley, Uttarakhand, North India.

Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people's knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation and climate change.

Navdanya is a women centred movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.

A-Z Agroecology & Organic Food Systems

A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems - 2015

The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes-A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs

We have been repeatedly told that genetically engineered (GE) crops will save the world by increasing yields and producing more food. They will save the world by controlling pests and weeds. They will save the world by reducing chemical use in agriculture. They will save the world with GE drought tolerant seeds and other seed traits that will provide resilience in times of climate change.

However, the GE emperor (Monsanto) has no clothes. All of these claims have been established as false over years of experience all across the world. The Global Citizens Report “The Emperor Has No Clothes” brings together evidence from the ground of Monsanto’s and the industry’s false promises and failed technology.

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The Law of the Seed aims to bring back biodiversity and recognition of farmers' rights, to bring back democratic systems in society to shape laws as well as knowledge.

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Courses in 2015-16

1 September – 30 September 2015
Agroecology on Food System - A to Z Course
This workshop will explore the inherent rights of members of the Earth community
Vasundhara: 29th – 30th , October, 2015
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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Soil Not Oil Conference ~ Dr. Vandana Shiva Keynote Speaker
    Keynote Speech by Dr. Vandana Shiva at the Soil Not Oil International Conference Practicing Sustainable Agriculture to Restore Ecosystems and Mitigate Climate Change was held on September 4th & 5th, 2015 at the Memorial Civic [...]
  • Gandhi-Howard Soil Pledge — Year of Soils 2015
    Taken at Bapu Kutir, Sewagram Ashram, Vidarbha, Maharastra, India 2nd Oct, Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary, 2015 On the occasion of the Soil Pilgrimage, Year of Soil, 2015 “To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil [...]
  • Farmers celebrate the Day of Corn at Navdanya
    On 29 September 2015, farmers from India and other parts of the the world – converging at Navdanya for ‘Vasundhara‘ – celebrated the ‘Day Of Corn’ in solidarity with all defenders of indigenous, renewable, open [...]
  • ‘Safety assessments of GMOs are non-existent’
    by Vishwanath Kulkarni – The Hindu Business Line, 21 September 2015 Source: US-based systems biologist Shiva Ayyadurai created a controversy recently by claiming that his studies had found that genetically modified soya bean plants had less [...]
  • Monsanto’s ‘Hand of God’: Planned Obsolescence of The Indian Farmer
    By Colin Todhunter –, 17 September 2015 Source: The mantra of global agribusiness companies is that they care about farmers. They also really care about humanity and want to help to feed a growing world [...]


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