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Thursday, 01 October 2009 15:24

Our Partners

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Navdanya is movement based on networks and partnerships from local to the global level. 

Seed Savers and Organic Farmers Groups
Prakruti Paramparik Bihana Sangharakshana Abhijan, Orissa,  Jharkhand Alternative Development Forum, Women's Alliance, Ladakh, Sirmaur Farmers Association, Himachal Pradesh, Vidharbha Jan Andolan Samiti, Green Foundation, Beej Bachao Andolan, CIKS, Navdarshanam, Appiko, Vrihi Bija Binimoy Kendra, West Bengal, Manvi Seva Sansthan, U.P., Gram Swaraj Prahari, U.P., Parisaran Samvrakshana Kendra, Manvi, Jharkhand and Bihar, Deshma Sikshan Sansthan, Rajasthan, Agricultural Renewal in India for Sustainable Environment (ARISE), Tamilnadu Organic Farmers Association, Vidarbha Organic Farmers Association, Art of Living, His Holiness Delai Lama “Tibetan Government in Exile, Dharamshala, H.P., Janhit Foundation, Kheti Virasat, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Annapoorna, Vishal Udyogik Krishi Vikas Sansthan, Bihar, INTACH and Others.

Grassroots Farmer Organisations
Grassroots farmers’ organisations like BKU, BKS, Andhra Pradesh Ryotha Sangha, Chattisgarh Mukti Morcha, Paschim Orissa Krishi Jeevi Sangh, Orissa Krishak Mahasabha, AIKS,  Mass organisations such as AIAWU, AICCTU, AIIEA, AIRF, AITUR, AIYL, BKMU, CITU, FAIRCS, NCOA, NFF, NWGPL, NAWFR, All India Kisan Sabhas, Agragami Kisan Sabha, Bharat Krishak Samaj, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ambavat), Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Akhil Bharatiya Khet Majdoor Union, Samyukta Kisan Sabha, Karnataka Rajya Ryot Sangha (KRRS), Karnataka Farmer's Association, Bhartiya Kissan Union (Non-Political), BKU Ekta .

Women Groups
Diverse Women for Diversity, National Alliance of Women Food Rights, Women's Alliance, Ladakh, All India Women's Conference, Azadi Bachao Andolan, National Commission for Women, Kali for Women/ women Unlimited, Vimochana, All India Democratic Women’s Association, National Federation of Indian Women, Shtrii Shakti, Mahila Samakhya, Tapovan, Sanyo-Ka-Sangathan, Ladakh Women’s Alliance, SANGAT, The National Democratic Women’s Alliance, Jagori, Sabla Sangh, Ankur, FORCES, Indian Social Forum and National Commission for Women, the Women and Biodiversity Network of the region of Tuscany and Others.

Schools and Children’s Groups
Navdanya is working with more than 100 schools across the country. Of these some of the very well known schools are: Wood Stock School Mussoorie; The Doon School, Hilton’s School, Ann Merry School, Convent of Jesus and Marry, Wehlem’s Boys and Girls School of Dehradun Rishi Valley School, Bangalore and Raj Ghat Besant School Banaras of  Krishna Murti Foundation; Mothers International School, St. Marry School, S.D.D. Bal Mandir Public School, Salwan Public School Delhi, and also colleges and schools from Tibetan refugee groups like TCV, school Selaqui etc

Exposure on Organic Farming and Biodiversity Conservation, Indigenous knowledge is given to more than 50, 000 school kids across the country. School kids have also been part of Navdanya programmes like Sagwadi, Good Food for All, Little Chef and Community Biodiversity Register for documentation of Indigenous knowledge about biodiversity.

Voluntary Organisations
Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Council for Social Development, Greenpeace, Development Alternatives, Toxics Link, the Other Media, Indian Social Institute, Institute of Social Sciences, Multiple Action Research Group, INTACH, Action for Food Production, National Productivity Council, Animal Rights International, National Alliance of People's Movement, Bharat Jan Andolan, Indian Peoples Campaign Against WTO, Deccan Development Society, Centre for Science and Environment Tamil Nadu Gram Swaraj Movement, Bombay Natural Society, KSSP, Centre for Environment and Communication, NBF, SETU, KFIRV, Sanctuary and Others.

National Food Right Alliance
About 2,500 NGOs across the country including Sambhav, Deccan Development Society, Agrarian Assistance Association, Centre for Youth and Social Development, Vikas, SANHATI, Manav Kalyan Trust, Vigyan Shiksha Kendra, Jan Jagaran Samiti, Antodaya, CIS, Dharamitra, Ekta Parishad, Seva, Jatan, Sarbik Gram Bikas Kendra, Rupantar, URMAL, Action, Artic, Samparc who have been brought together by Navdanya and the Research Foundation into a national food rights alliance and the Bija Satyagraha.

Differently Abled Groups
Ashraya Adhikar Abhiyan, Prayas, Raffel Homes, Family of Disabled etc.

Networks on Globalisation and WTO
National networks such as the National Working Group on Patent Laws, Indian Peoples Campaign Against WTO (IPCAWTO), Azadi Bachao Andolan, All India Drug Action Network, People’s Health Network, ARISE, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, Sarva Seva Sangh, Rashtriya Yuvak Sangh, NAPM, Samajwadi Abhiyan, Lawyers’ Collective, Our World is Not for Sale (OWINS), International Forum on Globalisation, Third World Network.

Land Sovereignty
The Land Sovereignty partners include Sri S.P. Shukla, Former Ambassador GATT, Mr. Abhani Roy, Member of Parliament, the Taj Mission, Nandigram, KRRS, Lokshakti Abhiyan, Bharat Kisan Union, Adivasi Kranti Sangathan, Rashtriya Yuva Sangathan, Haryana Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Samiti etc.

Alliance for Water Democracy
Tarun Bharat Sangh, INTACH, Paani Morcha, PWWF and Jal Board Employees Union, Bharat Jagriti Mission Nyas, Uttarakhand, Jal Prahari, Yamuna Satyagraha, Plachimada Movement against Coca Cola, Coke Pepsi Free Campaign, Azadi Bachao Aandolan, Waterkeepers Alliance, Water Warriors Network, Council of Canadians, Polaris Institute, Food and Water Watch, Global Water contract.

Alliance with parliamentarians
Parliamentary groups of all political parties including CPI, CPM, Forward Block, Revolution Socialist Party, Jan Morcha, Congress I, BJP, Samata, Samajwadi, Janta Party etc.

The  Movement for Retail Democracy : Alliance against Mega Retailers
Partners in responding to the threat of mega retail like Walmart and Reliance are All India Association of Traders, National Association of Hawkers, FDI Watch and Trade Unions.

International Organizations: Third World Network, Gaia Foundation, Schumacher College, Institute for Sustainable Development, Ethiopia, International Forum on Globalisation (IFG), OWINFS, Slow Food International, Center for Food Safety, IFOAM, Diverse Women for Diversity, Waterkeepers Alliance, Women’s Environment and Development Orgnisation, World Social Forum, Via Campesina, People’s World Water Movement, International Commission on the Future of Food, FAO, Peasant Movement of the Philippines, Terre des homes, IBON Foundation Inc., UBINIG (Bangladesh), Focus on the Global South, CAP (Malaysia), Project of Ecological Recovery, PAN Indonesia, ETC Group, Food First, Small Planet Institute and many Others.

Partnership with the Secretariat of His Holiness ‘Dalai Lama’
Navdanya has trained Secretaries and Agriculture Extension Officers of the secretariat of His Holiness Dalai Lama, in Dharamshala from their secretariat as well as from their 45 major settlements across India in Biodiversity Conservation and organic farming. The training includes lectures as well as hands on training on different techniques of composting including vermicompost and improving soil fertility, biological pest management; cultivation of medicinal plants and Agro forestry etc.

Navdanya is Advisor to the Tibetan Government in Exile in their endeavor to promote and convert the land of Tibetan farmers to organic, who otherwise were involved in conventional farming. The other important aspect of this project is to create a Seed Bank in their settlements in different parts of India. The goal of which is not only to conserve the local varieties but also the indigenous as well as endangered seed varieties of the Tibetan plateau, which are currently under serious threat of extinction under Chinese occupation. The Tibetan government in exile is also a partner in Navdanya's research and campaign on climate change in Himalaya.

Prime Minister of Tibetan Govt. in Exile, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche continues to be one of the faculties in a Course ‘Gandhi and Globalisation’, held annually in November-December every year. In the year 2004 Dr. Vandana Shiva and Professor Samdhong Rinpoche also launched the Noodles and Pasta made by the group of Tibetan refugees living in Dehradun.

Thursday, 01 October 2009 15:06

Our History

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• Founded in 1987, Seed saving movement started in Karnatak and Tehri Garhwal. 
• Registered as trust in 1991. Community seed banks established in Henwal Ghati Tehri Garhwal (Beej Bacho Andolan) Talli (Karnataka / Tamilnadu) which later became the Green Foundation. Sirsi Karnataka (APICO-Parisar Sanrakshan Kendra).
• 1991- Satyagraha movement to resist the trips agreement of GAAT started
• 1992 – First Earth summit at Rio in Brazil
• 1993 – Rally of 500,000 farmers from India and abroad gathered in Bangalore against GAAT which became WTO.
• 1994 - Community Biodiversity registers movement for seed soverginity launched at Pattuwam, Kerala
• 1994 - Community seed bank in Garhwal
• 1994 - Neem Campaign Challenge to neem Patent (European Patent office)
• 1994 - Navdanya biodiversity Conservation center Ramgarh / Sheeshambara
• 1994 - Community Seed banks started in Orissa, PPBSA; West Bengal, Vrihi;
• 1995 – Diverse Women for Diversity launched
• 1998 – Challenge Basmati patent; new seed bank in Uttarakhand
• 1998 - Legal challenge to Monsanto’s illegal GMO Bt. Cotton.
• 1998 – Navdanya initiates Direct marketing for farmers and fair trade
• 1998 - Launch of  ‘Sarson Satyagrah’ to fight against ban on sarson sale 
• 1999 – Jaiv Panchayat movement started, 5th June (Declaration)
• 1999 – Study on super cyclone and distribution of salt tolerant varieties of paddy
• 2001 – Navdanya receives Slow Food Award
• 2001 – Navdanya becomes Slow Food partner
• 2001 – Bija Vidyapeeth launched
• 2002 – Most claims of Basmati patent struck down
• 2002 - Movement against river-linking project initiated at Orcha
• 2002 - Ganga Yatra from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar
• 2002 – Children’s Earth Summit in India and Johannesburg
• 2002 – Earth Summit at Johannesburg 
• 2002 – Navdanya started Movement against Ganga Water privatization in Delhi  by Suez
• 2003 - Citizens Campaign against GMOs launched
• 2003 – Navdanya supports anti coke movement in Plachimada Kerala
• 2004 - Wheat patent challenged
• 2005 – Distribution of salt tolerant seeds in the Tsunami affected area
• 2005 – Neem patent revoked
• 2005 –World Bank driven water privatization project in Delhi by Suez was closed down.
• 2005 - Plachimada Coke Plant shut down
• 2007 - Bija Yatra Sevagram Wardha Vidharba to Bangalore in Karnataka
• 2007 – Campaign against Bt. Brinjol started
• 2008 - Bija Yatra from Champaran to Rajghatan
• 2008 – Parallel report to UN Human Rights Commission on Bt. As violation of Human rights
• 2008 – Campaign and Study on Climate Change in Himalaya initiated
• 2009 – Himalayan Climate Yatra from Dehradun to Leh

Thursday, 01 October 2009 15:02

Our History

Written by Administrator

• Founded in 1987, Seed saving movement started in Karnatak and Tehri Garhwal. 
• Registered as trust in 1991. Community seed banks established in Henwal Ghati Tehri Garhwal (Beej Bacho Andolan) Talli (Karnataka / Tamilnadu) which later became the Green Foundation. Sirsi Karnataka (APICO-Parisar Sanrakshan Kendra).
• 1991- Satyagraha movement to resist the trips agreement of GAAT started
• 1992 – First Earth summit at Rio in Brazil
• 1993 – Rally of 500,000 farmers from India and abroad gathered in Bangalore against GAAT which became WTO.
• 1994 - Community Biodiversity registers movement for seed soverginity launched at Pattuwam, Kerala
• 1994 - Community seed bank in Garhwal
• 1994 - Neem Campaign Challenge to neem Patent (European Patent office)
• 1994 - Navdanya biodiversity Conservation center Ramgarh / Sheeshambara
• 1994 - Community Seed banks started in Orissa, PPBSA; West Bengal, Vrihi;
• 1995 – Diverse Women for Diversity launched
• 1998 – Challenge Basmati patent; new seed bank in Uttarakhand
• 1998 - Legal challenge to Monsanto’s illegal GMO Bt. Cotton.
• 1998 – Navdanya initiates Direct marketing for farmers and fair trade
• 1998 - Launch of  ‘Sarson Satyagrah’ to fight against ban on sarson sale 
• 1999 – Jaiv Panchayat movement started, 5th June (Declaration)
• 1999 – Study on super cyclone and distribution of salt tolerant varieties of paddy
• 2001 – Navdanya receives Slow Food Award
• 2001 – Navdanya becomes Slow Food partner
• 2001 – Bija Vidyapeeth launched
• 2002 – Most claims of Basmati patent struck down
• 2002 - Movement against river-linking project initiated at Orcha
• 2002 - Ganga Yatra from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar
• 2002 – Children’s Earth Summit in India and Johannesburg
• 2002 – Earth Summit at Johannesburg 
• 2002 – Navdanya started Movement against Ganga Water privatization in Delhi  by Suez
• 2003 - Citizens Campaign against GMOs launched
• 2003 – Navdanya supports anti coke movement in Plachimada Kerala
• 2004 - Wheat patent challenged
• 2005 – Distribution of salt tolerant seeds in the Tsunami affected area
• 2005 – Neem patent revoked
• 2005 –World Bank driven water privatization project in Delhi by Suez was closed down.
• 2005 - Plachimada Coke Plant shut down
• 2007 - Bija Yatra Sevagram Wardha Vidharba to Bangalore in Karnataka
• 2007 – Campaign against Bt. Brinjol started
• 2008 - Bija Yatra from Champaran to Rajghatan
• 2008 – Parallel report to UN Human Rights Commission on Bt. As violation of Human rights
• 2008 – Campaign and Study on Climate Change in Himalaya initiated
• 2009 – Himalayan Climate Yatra from Dehradun to Leh

Saturday, 01 August 2009 00:11

Navdanya : An Overview

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Navdanya has a primary membership of more than 5,00,000 farmer families in sixteen states of India namely Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Orissa, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

It has also established 54 Community Seed Banks (CSBs) in 16 States across India.

Till date Navdanya has formed more than 5000 Jaiv Panchayats in different parts of the country. They have their own Community Bank Registers (CBRs) wherein they register the diversity and knowledge that exist in their village.

Saturday, 01 August 2009 00:09

Navdanya's Organizational Over View

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Bija Vidyapeeth - sustainable living

Our programme on sustainable living provides education on Earth Democracy at Bija Vidyapeeth on Navdanya Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Ecological Farm. Navdanya informs policy makers as well as the public about the dangers of genetically modified organisms and provides an authentic and diverse picture on the status of GM crops and food in various countries.

Saturday, 01 August 2009 00:05

Our Vision

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Article 25 of United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights –

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themselves and their family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond their control.

Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance.

Navdanya is born of a vision that all beings have intrinsic value and an inherent right to live, grow and evolve to their full potential through their self organisation. The diversity of biological life forms and cultures is the basis of peace, harmony and sustainability. We therefore view the conservation of biodiversity and protection of all life forms as a fundamental human duty, as our universal responsibility.

Navdanya also has a vision that all humans have a fundamental right to ecological, economic and political security, to the protection and defense of their resources, their livelihoods and production and consumption patterns shaped by people through their participation. Biodiversity provides the basis of livelihoods of the marginalized majority – of women, peasants, tribals, fisher folk. Biodiversity offers the potential to overcome poverty and powerlessness.

Through biodiversity, we envision improving the productivity and incomes of rural communities, thus combining the conservation of nature with removal of poverty, destitution and misery. Biodiversity also enriches our lives by sustaining cultural diversity. And it is through the flourishing of diverse cultures conditions are created for peace and harmony among the human community.

Life will not be a pyramid with the apex sustained by the bottom. But it will be an oceanic circle whose center will be the individual always ready to perish for the village, the latter ready to perish for the circle of villages till at last the whole becomes one life composed of individuals, never aggressive in their arrogance, but ever humble, sharing the majesty of he oceanic circle of which they are integral units. Therefore, the outermost circumference will not wield power to crush the inner circle, but will give strength to all within and will derive its own strength from it.”

We in Navdanya view the right to biodiversity and knowledge to livelihoods and creativity as fundamental human rights in accordance with the UN Declaration of Human Rights, and in the footsteps of Gandhi’s economic constitution of 1928. Vital resources like biodiversity and water are necessary for survival and well-being. They should be accessible to all. In our vision, biodiversity and water are the ultimate commons, which should not be privatized and commodified.

Our vision is based on the imperative to create alternatives to gigantism and centralisation by building on the strengths of the small and the decentralized and for sustainability and justice, for freedom and peace. A globalisation of the local, rather than a globalisation driven by giant corporations and institutions is our vision.

Ecological recovery cannot be based on centralized and globalised control over resources. It has to be based on the decentralized logic of Gandhi’s “ever-widening, never ascending’ circles.

Navdanya’s vision is based on earth democracy – the participation of all people and species in the common welfare of all.

 


 

Gandhi’s Economic Constitution

According to me the economic constitution of India and for the matter of that of the world, should be such that no one under it should suffer from want of food and clothing. In other words everybody should be able to get sufficient work to enable him to make the two ends meet. And this ideal can be universally realized only if the means of production of the elementary necessaries of life remain in the control of the masses. These should be freely available to all as God’s air and water are or ought to be; they should not be made a vehicle of traffic for the exploitation of others. Their monopolization by and country, nation or group of persons would be unjust. The neglect of this simple principle is the cause of the destitution that we witness today not only in this unhappy land but in other parts of the world too.

 


 

Principles of Earth Democracy

  • All species, peoples and cultures have intrinsic worth
  • The earth community is a democracy of all life
  • Diversity in nature and culture must be defended
  • All beings have a natural right to sustenance
  • Earth Democracy is based on living economies and economic democracy
  • Living economies are built on local economies
  • Earth Democracy is a living democracy
  • Earth Democracy is based on living cultures
  • Living cultures are life nourishing
  • Earth Democracy globalizes peace, care and compassion
Saturday, 01 August 2009 00:02

Our Mission

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To protect nature and peole's rights to knowledge, biodiversity, water and food.

Statement

Navdanya’s mission is to promote peace and harmony, justice and sustainability. We strive to achieve these goals through the conservation, renewal and rejuvenation of the gifts of biodiversity we have received from nature and our ancestors, and to defend these gifts as commons. The setting up of community seed banks is central to our mission of regenerating nature’s and peoples wealth. Keeping seeds, biodivdersity and traditional knowledge in people’s hands to generate livelihoods and provide basic needs is our core programme for removal of poverty.

Saturday, 01 August 2009 00:01

Message From the Founder

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Over the past three decades I have tried to be the change I want to see. When I found that dominant science and technology served the interests of powerful, I left academics to found the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, a participatory, public interest research organisation. When I found global corporations wanted to patent seeds, crops or life forms, I started Navdanya to protect biodiversity, defend farmers' rights and promote organic farming.

Friday, 31 July 2009 23:55

Introduction to Navdanya

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Navdanya started as a program of the Research Foundation for science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE), a participatory research initiative founded by world-renowned scientist and environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva, to provide direction and support to environmental activism.




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