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.

A-Z Agroecology & Organic Food Systems

A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems - 2015

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

  • ‘Corporations Bleeding Rural India, Killing Our Farmers’
    Pragya Singh Interviews Vandana Shiva — Outlook, 12 October 2015 Source: Scientist and longtime activist against genetically modified BT seeds, Dr. Vandana Shiva, talks about why BT has a devastating fallout. A sudden pest attack has [...]
  • Pests, Pesticides and Propaganda: the story of Bt Cotton
    By Dr Vandana Shiva, 10 October 2015 Source: A whitefly epidemic has devastated the Bt cotton crop in Punjab forcing farmers to use 10-12 sprays – each costing Rs 3200. This, in addition to the high [...]
  • Anna Swaraj: The only way we can rescue Indian farmers from debt and suicide
    By Dr Vandana Shiva —, 10 October 2015 Source: Punjab’s experiment with Bt cotton failed, as the recent whitefly attack shows. It’s time we return to regenerative agricultural practices that are ecologically sound. – Fifteen farmers in [...]
  • A soil pilgrimage
    By Dr Vandana Shiva — The Asian Age, 8 October 2015 Source: “Organic farming is the answer to drought and climate change. If we do not respect the soil and if we do not recommit ourselves [...]
    By Dr Vandana Shiva — The Citizen, 9 October 2015 Source:,000/FARMER/SUICIDES/IN/COTTON/BELT:/WHEN/WILL/GOVT/PROTECT/THE/FARMERS/AND/NOT/MONSANTO? NEW DELHI: How many more farmers have to die, before Indian policy makers understand that Bt Cotton is a failed experiment? Most of the 300,000 farmers [...]

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