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Navdanya has led the national and international movement for biosafety and against the dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. Working with citizens’ movements, grassroot organizations, NGOs and governments, we have made significant contributions to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Biosafety Protocol.

Contrary to the three myths i.e. the myth of feeding......


The new IPR laws embodied in the TRIPs agreement of WTO have unleashed an epidemic of the piracy of nature’s creativity and millennia of indigenous innovation. RFSTE/ Navdanya started the campaign against biopiracy with the Neem Campaign in 1994 and mobilized 1,00,000 signatures against neem patents and filed a legal......


Conservation of agricultural biodiversity is impossible without the partici­pation of the communities who have evolved and protected the plants and animals that form the basis of sustainable agriculture. In agriculture, in situ conservation strategies are impossible to separate from sustainable utilization and ......


Patents on life and the new biotechnologies are today’s tools of imperialism, and they are a core part of the global “constitution” called the WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules of free trade in the form of Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs). The......


Without seeds one cannot grow the crops so we need seed to grow any crop. Today seed has become a big problem area for the farmers as the multinational companies from around the world has made it a means of making money.

Normally farmers......


Community Seed Bank

Diversity is one of the main features of the nature and is the very basis of ecological stability. Diverse ecosystems give rise to diverse life forms and diverse cultures which are the basis of sustainability.

Communities all over the globe have cultivated......


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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