Navdanya was born of a search for nonviolent farming in response to the 1984 violence in Punjab and the tragedy in Bhopal. These incidents demanded a paradigm shift in the practice of agriculture, to one which protects biodiversity, the Earth and our small farmers.
Navdanya symbolizes nine crops that represent India's collective source of food security. The main aim of the Navdanya biodiversity conservation program is to support local farmers, rescue and conserve crops and plants that are being pushed to extinction and make them available through direct marketing.
Established by the revolutionary scientist and environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva, Navdanya 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 globalization through its numerous training programs and workshops.