Knowledge sovereignty is based on the recognition of diverse knowledge systems to be respected , recognised , and honoured. The knowledge of our grandmothers and farmers is knowledge that comes from centuries of experience and practice.The knowledge of indigenous cultures comes from centuries of experimentation and relationship with biodiversity and ecosystems. The Biopiracy of indigenous knowledge is a violation of human rights and knowledge sovereignty.

Through 'Gyan Swaraj' we promote knowledge democracy, knowledge sovereignty and scientific research on biodiversity, agro-ecology and climate change highlighting the contribution of diverse species to our agriculture production and food security.
We have challenged the biopiracy of our traditional knowledge and indigenous biodiversity and won the cases related to Neem, Basmati and Wheat. We have n ongoing  campaign challenging the biopiracy of climate resistant crops which our farmers have bred for tolerance to drought, flood and salinity .
To spread ecological awareness and to learn how to live in harmony with nature Navdanya s created 'Navdanya Javik Ashram' Navdanya Biodiversity Farm where people come and attend courses and training program t the learning center Bija Vidyapeeth / Earth University:
We also facilitate Earth Journeys and ecotours to connect urban and rural communities for promotion of ecological healthy living and growing and eating organic food through creating livelihood opportunities for the small and marginal farmers.

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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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