Seeds: the gift of life

Navdanya ('nine seeds') is a women-centred movement protecting biological and cultural diversity. Their network of seed keepers and organic producers spreads across 16 states in India. They have helped set up community seed banks across the country, trained over 500,000 farmers in seed 'sovereignty' and sustainable agriculture and helped setup the largest fair trade organic network in the country.

Navdanya has its own learning center on its biodiversity conservation and organic farm and 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.
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"The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost.  It’s time to change the story."
» View the 30-minute film 'Seeds of Freedom'

» Seeds for Life: Scaling up Agrobiodiversity (pdf) is a short 2013 report, including input from the African Biodiversity Network.

» The Association Kokopelli endeavors to help Third World countries to develop sustainable organic agriculture through the gift of seeds and the setting of seed grower networks.


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