Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva


Protector of Biodiversity and Native Seeds

I am Dr. Vandana Shiva, I was born in 1952. I am an Indian author, activist and scientific advisor whose work consists in improving agriculture and the food industry to make them sustainable and fair. I trained as a Physicist, then shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy.

I campaign internationally on issues surrounding biotechnology and genetic engineering.

In 1991, I founded Navdanya (“9 seeds”), an Indian national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade.

I have also made significant contributions to the areas of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and biodiversity.

My contributions to gender issues are nationally and internationally recognised.

My book Staying Alive dramatically shifts popular perceptions of Third World women.