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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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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Courses in 2014-15

November 21st - 30th, 2014
Gandhi Globalization and Earth Democracy
The course explores the relevance of the four Gandhian principles of swaraj
Feburary 2nd - 6th, 2015
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

  • The Vandana Shiva Home Rule Tour- 2015
    Center for Food Safety, 23 january 2015 Olelo’s LIVE recording of the Talk Story at Mamiya Theatre with Dr. Vandana Shiva, Makana, Andrew Kimbrell, Councilmember Gary Hooser, Walter Ritte, Senator Russell Ruderman, and Representative Kaniela Ing. [...]
  • ‘Seedy Business’: New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry’s High-Cost PR Machine
    by Sarah Lazare, staff writer – Common Dreams – 21 January 2015 ‘The tremendous amount of money spent speaks to depth of public unease about GMOs,’ says lead author Source: What exactly is the agrichemical industry hiding [...]
  • Africa’s land and seed laws under attack: who’s pushing for changes in Africa?
    Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, 22 January 2015 Report Source: The lobby to industrialise food production in Africa is not only pouring money into plantation projects on the ground, it is changing African laws to serve foreign [...]
  • Seeds of Peace
    by Dr. Vandana Shiva – Huffington Post Italy, 19 January 2015 Source [Italian]: We live in times whose signature is violence – from the killing of 134 innocent children in Peshawar to the massacres of 2000 [...]
  • A-Z Agroecology & Organic Food Systems
    Becket Films, December 2014 A-Z Agroecology & Organic Food Systems from Becket Films on Vimeo. This video is about the A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems that is held for the whole month of September at [...]

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