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.

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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

27 Feburary - 2 March 2015
Workshop on Pesticides
The course explores the impact of pesticide on environment and health
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
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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Back to grassroots
    by Dr. Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 24 March 2015 Source: “The cost of the destruction caused by chemical and industrial agriculture in India is more than $1.2 trillion annually. In comparison, India’s GDP in [...]
  • Thousands of farmers demonstrate in Delhi against GM crops, anti-farmer policies
    GMWatch, 18 March 2015 Source: Thousands of farmers have taken to the streets in a Kisan Maha Panchayat (farmer meeting) in Delhi, India, in protest at the Modi government’s anti-farmer policies, which include uncritically promoting open [...]
  • Food Matters Aotearoa Conference and Tour – Video, Photos & other resources
    Appeal for a GM free Pacific / Appel pour un Pacifique sans OGM Un appel la liberté des semences et pour un Pacifique sans OGM. An appeal for seeds freedom and a GM free Pacific. Dans l’ordre d’apparition [...]
  • Declaration for International Women’s Day – Signatures
    Declaration for International Women’s Day – Signatures 1 Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA ) 2 Almer Christensen 3 Andre Leu, IFOAM 4 Anne Marie Miller 5 Aruna Rodrigues, India 6 Asma Jahangir 7 Auma Obama, Kenya 8 Benny Haerlin, Germany 9 Brijbala, Australia 10 Claire Bleakely, New Zealand 11 Daryl Hannah 12 Dipal Barua , Bangladesh 13 Dr Dionysia-Theodora, [...]
  • Declaration for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2015
    Sign the Declaration at the bottom of the page View Signatures - Diverse Women for Diversity Mahila Anna Swaraj Initiative for Health , Equity and Society Navdanya Moms Across the World   BIODIVERSITY OR GMOS: WILL THE FUTURE OF NUTRITION BE IN WOMEN’S HANDS [...]

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