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.




Earth University / Bija Vidyapeeth 2017 - 2018

A - Z of Agrecology & Organic Food Systems 1st - 30th September 2017

Bringing the earth & biodiversity to the heart of agriculture

Gandhi, Globalisation & GNH: 29th October - 9th November 2017

From violence to non-violence; From Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to Gross National Happiness (GNH)

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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.

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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Tamil Nadu farmers protest in Delhi: Is there a permanent solution to farmer debt and suicides?
    By Dr Vandana Shiva – FirstPost, 6 April 2017 Source For nearly three weeks now, more than hundred farmers from Thanjavur and Tiruchirappalli districts in Tamil Nadu have been protesting at Jantar Mantar, using macabre elements like [...]
  • Keep food diverse. It’s healthy
    By Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 29 March 2017 Most of the chronic diseases of our times are “food style” diseases. Source India has a rich and deep scientific and civilisational heritage of biodiversity, agroecology and [...]
  • A Message for Women’s Day — 8 March 2017 Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs By Dr Vandana Shiva – Common Dreams, 20 May 2015 Women have been the primary growers of food and nutrition throughout history, but today, food is being [...]
  • Satyagraha in ‘post-truth’ era
    By Dr Vandana Shiva –The Asian Age, 27 February 2017 Source The British forced Indian peasants to grow indigo for the textile industry in England at the cost of growing food for themselves. 2017 is the 100th anniversary [...]
  • Women are creators of wealth, says expert
    Times of India, 26 February 2017 Source PATNA: Noted environmentalist Vandana Shiva on Saturday argued that women everywhere were the main creators of wealth. She also drew attention towards the challenges of hunger and child malnutrition in [...]

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