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 of Agroecology & Organic Farming Systems

15th September - 15 October 2016 at Earth University, Navdanya Conservation Farm, Dehradun

An opportunity to spend a month at Navdanya's beautiful Bija Vidyapeeth learning from the Earth, biodiversity, farmers & agro-ecologists on creating agroecological systems for the health of the planet and the people.

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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.

"Navdanya launches The Global Citizens' Report for Seed Freedom."

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20th-21st August 2016
Living Soil: the soil food web, composting and soil fertility

15th September - 15 October 2016
Agriculture, Food & Heath: A-Z of Agroecology & Organic Food Systems
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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Monsanto vs Indian Farmers
    By Dr Vandana Shiva, 27 March 2016 Source: If we believe in democracy, it is imperative that we have the right to choose which technologies are best for our communities, rather than having unaccountable institutions like [...]
  • Seed swaraj
    By Dr Vandana Shiva, The Asian Age, 22 March 2016 Source: “When ordered to reduce Bt cotton seed prices by 74 per cent, Monsanto’s immediate response was to threaten to quit India, confirming that it cannot [...]
  • Make Monsanto pay
    By Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 23 February 2016 Source: While the Centre is suing Monsanto, Maharashtra has signed an MoU with it to set up the biggest seed hub in India… How can [...]
  • Activists urge farmers to shift to organic crops
    By Neel Kamal – The Times of Inda, 25 January 2016 Bathinda: The issue of farmers committing suicides due to cotton crop damage is being highlighted through a social media campaign and a documentary film made [...]
  • NGO shows the way to debt-ridden farmers
    by Sanjeev Singh Bariana – The Tribune, 24 January 2015 Source: Chugge Kalan (Bathinda), Jan 24 – Taking a lead from the village of farmer Kuldeep Singh, who committed suicide on September 25, 2015, following his [...]

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