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.

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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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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

  • The Antidote to Farmer Suicide in Southern India
    By Alison Meares Cohen – Ecowatch, 26 August 2015 Source: It is late-July. A car drops us off at the edge of a patchwork of agricultural fields on the outskirts of Mysore in a village called [...]
  • European Patent Office boosts its business with Patents on Life
    New patent granted on tomatoes derived from classical breeding No patents on Seeds, 25 August 2015 Source: A monopoly on specific tomatoes with a higher content of healthy compounds known as flavonols was granted by the European [...]
  • GMO in my mustard
    By Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 11 August 2015 Source: The claim that ‘Terminator Mustard’ will increase yields by 30% is scientifically false and a blatant lie… The traits being introduced by GM mustard [...]
  • India’s fiery seed activist
    By Indra Shekhar Singh – Hindustan Times, 5 August 2015 Source: For many years, Vandana Shiva has been waging a war against industrialized farming and the use of genetically modified crops NEW DELHI: Hidden in the narrow [...]
  • Green activist roots for food freedom, rights of farmers
    By Indra Shekhar Singh – Hindustan Times, 3 August 2015 Source: NEW DELHI: In a packed hall of the Indian Medical Association in Meerut on Sunday, Vandana Shiva — an environmentalist and physicist — kicked off [...]

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