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 Agroecology & Organic Food Systems

A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems - 2015

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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From the Navdanya Diary

  • Activist Vandana Shiva slams govt handling of dal crisis
    Times of India, 13 November 2015 Source: NEW DELHI: Environment activist Vandana Shiva has blamed the government for mishandling the dal crisis and instead advocated support to farmers. Responding to questions on the spiraling prices of pulses, [...]
  • West’s ‘fail-anthropy’
    By Dr Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 3 November 2015 Source: ‘One Agriculture’ will starve the world and worsen the refugee crisis. The Gates Foundation, pretending to feed the world, is propagating the very source [...]
  • Dr Vandana Shiva joins farmers’ protest at Jantar Mantar
    Farmers hold protest against agro-chemical cost Press Trust of India, 29 October 2015 .@drvandanashiva at farmers' protest at Jantar Mantar,Delhi for #Annaswaraj | #Farmerlivesmatter #Organic #noGMO — Indra Shekhar Singh (@IndraSsingh) October 29, 2015 Source: New Delhi, Oct [...]
  • “The Vibrant New Sciences of Biodiversity”
    Interview with Dr Vandana Shiva — Digital Development Debates, 16 October 2015 Source:–educated-eating–the-vibrant-new-sciences-of-biodiversity.html Vandana Shiva is spearheading a global movement for biodiversity, agro-ecology and a new understanding of the soil. On occasion of World Food Day, [...]
  • Vandana Shiva speaks at 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions – Inaugural Women’s Assembly
    – – TIMELINE (NEWEST – OLDEST) Blessed to be on #shakti panel @InterfaithWorld w/ @marwilliamson, @drvandanashiva & incredible women! #FaithinWomen — Sadhvi Bhagawati (@sadhvibhagawati) October 17, 2015 A act for the Mother Nature by @sadhvibhagawati @marwilliamson @drvandanashiva and Kiran [...]

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