Navdanya International

  •  By Manlio Masucci, navdanya International - Lifegate, 14 November 2018 | Source

    The Indian state of Sikkim is the first to be certified as fully organic, and is now ready to export its model to the rest of the world. Its delegation told us how all this has been possible.

  • 100% organic agriculture, as a solution to climate change and future of food and agriculture: The Ecological-State of Sikkim

    Monday 15 October, 2018, from 1 to 2 pm at the Press Room of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome

  • By Ruchi Shroff, Navdanya International - Lifegate, 27 April 2018 | Source

    A transition towards agroecology is needed to beat the diktats of a production model that is poisoning our Planet and our lives.

  • The 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology, took place in Rome at FAO Headquarters from 3 – 5 April 2018. Navdanya International joined over 350 civil society organizations attending the Symposium, along with more than 700 participants and representatives of 72 governments and 6 UN organizations.

  • “Today, at a time of multiple crises intensified by globalization, we need to move away from the paradigm of nature as dead matter. We need to move to an ecological paradigm, and for this, the best teacher is nature herself.

    This is the reason why the Earth University/Bija Vidyapeeth was started at Navdanya’s farm.

    The Earth University teaches Earth Democracy, which is the freedom for all species to evolve within the web of life, and the freedom and responsibility of humans, as members of the Earth family, to recognize, protect, and respect the rights of other species. Earth Democracy is a shift from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism. And since we all depend on the Earth, Earth Democracy translates into human rights to food and water, to freedom from hunger and thirst.

    Because the Earth University is located at Navdanya, a biodiversity farm, participants learn to work with living seeds, living soil, and the web of life. Participants include farmers, school children, and people from across the world.”  — Dr Vandana Shiva (Source: Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest, Yes Magazine, 5 December 2012).


     

    Navdanya established a learning center, Bija Vidyapeeth (School of the Seed) a center of excellence for Organic farming on its biodiversity conservation and organic farm, which is serving small and marginal farmers, both men and women, students, scientists and researchers from across the globe. It is is dedicated to education for sustainable living and earth citizenship and offers a unique opportunity to explore the principles and practice of sustainability and diversity.

    The unique aspects of Navdanya learning center are that, it is not just learning in the classroom but on a living working farm. Because Biodiversity conservation is at the heart of the Navdanya’s work and the learning center is located at the biodiversity conservation farm participants learn about crop diversity and the interactions between different aspects of agroecological systems through observation and experiential learning.

    Throughout the year farmers from all across India come to get trained in organic farming to create the future in agroecology.

    For people to come from all over the world Navdanya offers the opportunity to learn from nature and farmers as teachers, as well as from the cutting edge ecological research combined with practical experience and participation in community activities.

    Two major courses are the ‘A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems’ and ‘Gandhi, Globalization and Earth Democracy’


     
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    Courses at Navdanya Bija Vidyapeeth 2019

     

     

    A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems

    Since 2012, for citizens’ organizations and movements from across the world, Navdanya offers the course  A-Z of Agroecology and Organic Food Systems, a one month Global Capacity Building workshop with eminent scientists and environmentalists.

    Among the programs of the course:
    Living soil – The Soil Food Web, Renewal of Soil Fertility; composting and other methods to rejuvenate living soils.
    Living Seed – Seeds and biodiversity, difference between traditional open pollinated seeds, Green Revolution varieties ,hybrids, GMOs, Why save seeds, participatory and evolutionary breeding, seed conservation, creating community seed bank and seed libraries.
    Living Food Systems – The health hazards of the industrial food system-pesticides,GMOs ,Junk food,Health, nutrition and ecological agriculture; the economics of local organic systems vs industrial global systems; Economic diversity and biodiversity of markets, issues of certification and participatory guarantee.

    The course on A-Z of Agroecology & Organic Food Systems is an opportunity to learn about the links between Seed Sovereignty and Food Sovereignty and issues of Intellectual Property Rights, Patents, Seed Monopolies and Farmers Rights, as well as about living seed, living soil, self-reliant sustainable local living food economies both at the scientific level and through participation in seed conservation and breeding, composting & soil fertility renewal, cooking classes with forgotten foods and interaction with local community and farmers.


     

    More than 300 students have been benefited with this unique course and many of them have become ambassador of organic farming in their respective regions/ countries/continents. Among those, several representatives of partners movements have joined the course, which has revealed its unique catalyst effect for joining forces, exchanging knowledge and strategies, creating and consolidating alliances as well as for inspiring new projects.

    For example, a knowledge exchange workshop on seed saving, soil fertility enhancement and agroecology was organised with the Latin America Seed Freedom Network (Red Semillas De Libertad). Also, seed savers and seed defenders from Indonesia, Portugal and Ghana, who attended the course, could acquire new skills and knowledge which enabled them to start farms and/or strengthen and further develop their agroecology projects and networks. In short, the course is not only a learning experience, but a unique opportunity for the organic movement, the seed and food freedom movements and the agroecology and regenerative agriculture movement to join forces and commit to work together to build a poison-free, biodiversity rich alternative model of farming and food systems.


    Join A-Z on Agroecology from 1 - 30 September 2018

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    Gandhi, Globalization and Earth Democracy

    As Gandhi said, the Earth has enough for everyone’s needs , but not for a few people’s greed. He cultivated non-violence at every level, from paradigms of Science and technology to structures of politics and economics.

    The course explores the relevance of his ideas and practice of Swaraj (self-governance), Swadeshi (local production and self-reliance), Sarvodaya (wellbeing of all) and Satyagraha (non-violent civil disobedience based on the force of truth), Gandhi, to create and defend people’s economic and political freedom in the midst of multiple crises – ecological, economic, social, political.

    Also read: Gandhi and Globalisation course gets people from all over the world to Dehradun

    An Insight into Gandhi Globalization and Earth Democracy

  • An Interview with Dr Vandana Shiva – Roar Magazine, 27 December 2017 | Source

    In an era of climate change, rejuvenating and regenerating the soil through ecological processes has become a survival imperative for the human species.

  • Seeds of Hope, Seeds of Resilience - How Biodiversity and Agroecology offer Solutions to Climate Change by Growing Living Carbon

    The last two centuries of dependence on fossil fuels has created multiple distortions in our view of the world, of our production and consumption systems, of our ideas of efficiency and productivity, of our ideas of technological progress, of the way we produce and distribute our food. This report synthesises more than 3 decades of Navdanya’s work on Biodiversity Conservation and Agroecology as solutions to Climate Change by sowing Seeds of Hope and Seeds of Resilience. Navdanya’s work with communities across India to conserve Biodiversity and practice Agroecology based on Biodiversity intensification shows that not only can we address climate change and rejuvenate the planet, one seed at a time, but also that, in so doing we produce more and better food which could provide enough nourishment for two times the world population.
    Dowload pdf -Also Read: Seeds Of Hope Report

  • Seeds of Hope, Seeds of Resilience - How Biodiversity and Agroecology offer Solutions to Climate Change by Growing Living Carbon

    The last two centuries of dependence on fossil fuels has created multiple distortions in our view of the world, of our production and consumption systems, of our ideas of efficiency and productivity, of our ideas of technological progress, of the way we produce and distribute our food. This report synthesises more than 3 decades of Navdanya’s work on Biodiversity Conservation and Agroecology as solutions to Climate Change by sowing Seeds of Hope and Seeds of Resilience. Navdanya’s work with communities across India to conserve Biodiversity and practice Agroecology based on Biodiversity intensification shows that not only can we address climate change and rejuvenate the planet, one seed at a time, but also that, in so doing we produce more and better food which could provide enough nourishment for two times the world population.
    Dowload pdf  -Also Read: Seeds Of Hope Report

  • By Dr. Vandana Shiva – The Asian Age, 12 July 2017

    The slogan was that there would never again be scarcity of food because we can now make “bread from air”.

  • Reflections on World Food Day 16th October 2015, By Dr Vandana Shiva

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    India is faced with a triple food crisis – an agrarian crisis, the tragic symptom of which is 250,000 farmers’ suicides, the rising food prices and food inflation and the hunger and malnutrition crisis. All three crises have common roots – a non sustainable, inefficient system of food production and the commodification of food.

    The report shows how biodiverse ecological agriculture produces more health and nutrition per acre while increasing farmers’ incomes. Contrary to the myth that organic farming cannot feed India or the world, the report shows that ecological agriculture is in fact the only way to remove hunger and poverty.

    Food is not a commodity. Food is for nutrition and sustenance. Therefore measuring the nutrition and health output of agriculture is more relevant than measuring the yield of commodities that are traded and leave the farm. The commodification of food has created 1 billion hungry people worldwide and 250 million hungry people in India. Commodification and speculation of food is also contributing to the rise in food prices which has led to double digit inflation.

     

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