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
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About Navdanya

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.

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