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.

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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.

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

 
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Courses in 2015-16


27 Feburary - 2 March 2015
Workshop on Pesticides
The course explores the impact of pesticide on environment and health
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
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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Maneka Gandhi urges farmers to fight negative developments
    Day & Night News, 1 March 2015 Source: http://www.dayandnightnews.com/2015/03/maneka-gandhi-urges-farmers-to-fight-negative-developments/ Sunday, March 01, 2015, Chandigarh: Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi urged the farmers to fight the negative developments like synthetic agrochemicals and GM crops [...]
  • New Book — “Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard”
    Source: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=277/ This unique, international offering on an issue of critical importance today, demonstrates how women as activists, scientists and scholars are at the forefront of shaping new scientific and economic paradigms to reclaim seed sovereignty [...]
  • Yield vs wealth, measure for measure
    by Dr. Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 19 February 2015 Source: http://www.asianage.com/columnists/yield-vs-wealth-measure-measure-662 The paradigm shift to ecological agriculture requires new measures. Agro-ecology is a systems paradigm. It looks at the agriculture system as a whole, with [...]
  • Land and seed laws under attack as Africa is groomed for corporate recolonization
    GRAIN / AFSA / The Ecologist, 12 February 2015 Source: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2752051/land_and_seed_laws_under_attack_as_africa_is_groomed_for_corporate_recolonization.html Across Africa, laws are being rewritten to open farming up to an agribusiness invasion – displacing the millions of small cultivators that now feed the continent, [...]
  • Vandana Shiva: ‘All Life Depends on Soil’
    by Dr. Vandana Shiva – Ecowatch, 16 February 2015 Source: http://ecowatch.com/2015/02/16/vandana-shiva-life-depends-soil/ 2015 is the year of soil. Bringing the soil to the center of our consciousness and our planning is vital for the life of the soil, [...]



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