India has emerged as the capital of hunger.
Even while it is seen as an emerging economic superpower, India has the largest number of hungry people in the world; almost double that of Sub-Saharan Africa, and the largest number of malnourished children.
In India, one million children die every year of hunger and malnutrition.
Friends of Navdanya is committed to spreading the message that hunger, malnutrition, rural poverty have a common solution. This solution comprises low cost organic agricultural techniques that utilize ancestral knowledge conserved and tweaked over at least 2,000 years - perfectly suited to the diverse Indian climate and culture. In the present system of debt creating agriculture, utilizing costly and harmful chemicals and patented seed our farmers, the original producers of food, are hungry. They are locked into a cycle of expensive production with meager returns, being forced to sell produce that they require for their own consumption. Ironically our food producers are going to bed hungry and are facing under nutrition and indebtedness. There have been more than 200,000 farmer suicides since the 90’s due to indebtedness.
Friends of Navdanya is committed to reducing cost of agricultural inputs by supporting seed banks and by supporting farmer re -education and training in low cost earth friendly,indigenous and ancestral methods of farming. Low cost organic agriculture allows farmers to feed their families and avoid indebtedness, poverty and hunger.
Friends of Navdanya is committed to empowering women, especially, widowed farmers to achieve self sufficiency and support their families.
Industrially produced junk food is worsening the malnutrition crisis across the globe: indigenous, organic agriculture, instead, promotes the conservation and diffusion of nutritious Forgotten Foods such as millets and amaranth varieties. These precious crops, conserved by our ancestors, are not only well suited to withstand all climatic, soil and water conditions but also carry high nutritional value.Our children need to be in touch with mother Earth and know the difference between junk food and 'real food' that has been perfected over centuries and passed down as food traditions.
Friends of Navdanya supports childrens education programs in schools.
Friends of Navdanya also supports research and advocacy work to provide the general public and policy and decision makers with up to date and scientific information on the food and nutrition crisis and the epidemic of Biopiracy that has been unleashed by the World Trade Organizations support of Intellectual Property Rights.
Freinds of Navdnaya supports Research on Biopiracy