Of all the many reasons for supporting The Oasis our heirloom and native seed saving program is one of the best. We are adopting a similar model in Indonesia to that of Navdanya which we call The Divinity Group.
Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds. In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.
Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 18 states in India.
Navdanya has helped set up 122 community seed banks across the country, trained over 5,00,000 farmers in seed sovereignty, food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in the country.
Navdanya has also set up a learning center, Bija Vidyapeeth (School of the Seed / Earth University) on its biodiversity conservation and organic farm in Doon Valley, Uttarakhand, North India.
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 and climate change.
Navdanya is a women-centered movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.
Our own interest in supporting women as reflected in The Divinity Group established here in Indonesia has led us to the decision to adopt this very effective means of giving back to the people and the eco-system of Indonesia.
It is our intention to educate and inspire the children of Indonesia to embrace organic permaculture farming methods that preserve and restore the soil, air and water resources by actively teaching and supporting the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture.