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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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 2014-15

November 21st - 30th, 2014
Gandhi Globalization and Earth Democracy
The course explores the relevance of the four Gandhian principles of swaraj
Feburary 2nd - 6th, 2015
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

  • Killing the Messengers: How the GMO Industry Responds to Critics (And How We Push Back)
    by Dr. Vandana Shiva – Huffington Post Italia, 10 December 2014 Source [Italian]: In 1962, Rachel Carson published a groundbreaking expose on the harmful effects of cancer-causing pesticides like DDT. Almost immediately, she found herself the [...]
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva Convocation address at the Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) in Varanasi
    The Times of India, 16 December 2014 Nation faces challenge to knowledge sovereignty Source: VARANASI: Eminent environmental activist and founder of Navdanya Dr Vandana Shiva said that the nation faces new challenges related to knowledge sovereignty, specially [...]
  • Setting the Record Straight On GMOs
    Navdanya International, 9 December 2014 Source: Michael Specter’s story in The New Yorker about Dr. Vandana Shiva’s work to protect public health from the effects of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) skewed the facts and fell short [...]
  • Pakistan – Experts oppose replacement of indigenous corn, wheat seeds - 8 December 2014 Source: ISLAMABAD: International agencies have started providing imported hybrid corn and wheat seeds to Pakistan to replace its indigenous varieties free of cost. This generosity has met more resistance instead of being [...]
  • 9 Inspiring Quotes about the Sacredness of Seeds
    Spirituality and Health, November 2014 Source: Photography and quotes from the book Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays, a compilation of original essays inspired by physicist and environmental leader Dr. Vandana Shiva. Reprinted with permission. [...]

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