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.

 
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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AgroEcology - Principles and Operationalisation of Sustainable Mountain Agriculture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems’

 

 
Other Recent Publications

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

  • Govt allows field trials for GM mustard, brinjal
    by Chetan Chauhan - Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 26 October 2014 Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/govt-allows-field-trials-for-gm-mustard-brinjal/article1-1279197.aspx The environment ministry has allowed field trials of two varieties of genetically modified (GM) brinjal and mustard, almost 18 months after the previous government ordered a [...]
  • Feeding the 1 percent
    Grain, 7 October 2014 Source Link Since the global food crisis of 2008, there has been a massive wave of private sector investment in agriculture. More money flowing into agriculture means more innovation and modernisation, more jobs [...]
  • Ghana’s farmers battle ‘Monsanto law’ to retain seed freedom
    by Chris Walker & Oliver Tickell – The Ecologist, 24 October 2014 Source Ghana’s government is desperate to pass a Plant Breeders Bill that would remove farmers’ ancient ‘seed freedom’ to grow, retain, breed and develop crop [...]
  • BREAKING: Juncker to take ISDS out of TTIP
    by Simon McKeagney, Editor – TTIP2014.eu, 16 October 2014 News report reveals new Commission President planning imminent removal of investor-state dispute settlement Incoming Commission president Jean Claude Juncker is said to have decided to remove the controversial [...]
  • ‘The Seed War’ (La Guerre des Graines) Documentary now available in English
    Are seeds a commodity or a vital resource to be shared for the benefit of humanity like the water we drink or the air we breathe? In the near future, farmers might lose the right [...]









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