On the 13th of January Navdanya along with other farmer associations including OFAI, Jagriti Agro Tech and others attended a government consultation chaired by the DIPP secretary with farmers and farmer groups on the introduction of FDI in the Retail sector in India.

Despite our opposition to the proposal clearly stated at the forum, the government has issued a misleading statement that farmers were in favour of FDI in retail. The Joint statement is clarification of our position on FDI retail and the proceedings of the meeting yesterday.

In addition, there are a couple of articles and papers which were also given to the DIPP representatives clearly stating our opposition to the introduction of FDI in retail.

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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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