Navdanya

Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on theright 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 17 states in India.

Navdanya has helped set up 111 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.

 
Navdanya on dry spell in Vidarbha !!!!!!

 
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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AgroEcology - Principles and Operationalisation of Sustainable Mountain Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems’

 

 
Other Recent Publications

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.

"Navdanya launches The Global Citizens' Report for Seed Freedom."

 
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November 21st - 30th, 2014
Gandhi Globalization and Earth Democracy
The course explores the relevance of the four Gandhian principles of swaraj
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Earth Democracy : Protecting the rights of Mother Earth and Human beings
This workshop will explore the inherent rights of members of the Earth community
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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Rising suicide rate for Indian farmers blamed on GMO seeds
    RT News, 22 November 2014 Source: http://rt.com/news/206787-monsanto-india-farmers-suicides/ Monsanto, which has just paid out $2.4 million to US farmers, settling one of many lawsuits it’s been involved in worldwide, is also facing accusations that its seeds are to [...]
  • Nature Wants Her Carbon Back
    by Larry Kopald – Huffington Post, 17 November 2014 Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-kopald/nature-wants-her-carbon-b_b_6173358.html By looking down, things are looking up. Here’s a little known fact about climate change: According to NOAA, if we could magically cut all current CO2 emissions [...]
  • Armyworm resistance to GMO crops seen in U.S. -study
    by Carey Gillam – Reuters, 17 November 2014 Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/17/agriculture-gmo-armyworms-idUSL2N0T719V20141117?irpc=932 Nov 17 (Reuters) – Crop-devouring armyworms are showing increasing resistance in some U.S. farm fields to a popular type of genetically modified crop that should kill them, [...]
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand
    BioThai Foundation, 30 October 2014 Source: http://www.biothai.net/node/24597* An open letter to the Prime Minister of Thailand from concerned scientists and academics around the world regarding the open-field testing and commercialisation of genetically modified crops in Thailand   A recent [...]
  • Vandana Shiva Talks Food, Inspires Slow Money Crowd
    Flour Sack Mama, 19 November 2014 Source: http://floursackmama.com/2014/11/vandana-shiva-talks-food-inspires-slow-money-crowd.html Should shoppers be able to make informed decisions at the grocery store?  Should farmers be able to save seeds for next year’s planting?  Should we all have more local [...]











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