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Vandana shiva ecofeminism

scholar, author, environmental activist and food sovereignty advocate
founded Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity, conservation, and farmer rights

Vandana Shiva was born in Dehradun, India. Her father was a conservator of forests and her mother was a farmer with a love for nature. She is a physicist, ecologist, writer, philosopher of science, science policy advocate and environmental activist.

Vandana Shiva has written and spoken extensively about advances in the fields of agriculture and food. Intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, and genetic engineering are among the fields where Shiva has fought through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against advances in agricultural development via genetic engineering.

In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. This led to the creation of Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. In 2004 Shiva started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley, in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.

Shiva has also served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as non-governmental organizations, including the International Forum on Globalization, the Women's Environment & Development Organization and the Third World Network.
Vandana Shiva has spent much of her life in the defence and celebration of biodiversity and indigenous knowledge. She has worked to promote biodiversity in agriculture to increase productivity, nutrition, farmer's incomes and It is for this work she was recognised as an 'Environmental Hero' by Time magazine in 2003.
She plays a major role in the global Ecofeminist movement. According to her 2004 article Empowering Women, Shiva suggests that a more sustainable and productive approach to agriculture can be achieved through reinstating the system of farming in India that is more centered on engaging women.

Shiva’s record has been that of the totally committed, very productive and effective activist-advocate-intellectual. As an activist she has coordinated, supported and learned from grassroots networks on a wide range of issues across India. As an advocate, especially in international fora, she has proved one of the most articulate spokespersons of counter-development in favour of people-centered, participatory processes. As an intellectual she has produced a stream of important books and articles, which have done much both to form and address the agenda of development debate and action.

Her foundation is an informal network of researchers, working in support of people’s environmental struggles, part of the objective of which is the articulation and justification of people’s knowledge. The foundation has done important work in a number of areas, including: agriculture and genetic resources, biodiversity, World Bank and WTO campaigns, and ecology and gender.

In 1993, she received the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” Other awards include the Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of the UN, Earth Day International Award, the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace, and the Sydney Peace Prize 2010.

Shiva also serves on the boards of many organizations, including the World Future Council, the International Forum on Globalization and Slow Food International.

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Credits:

1. sandeepachetan.com travel photography; INDIA; June 9, 2013; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 2. UN Geneva; Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies Forum; May 15, 2013; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 3. Biodiversity International; Rice-planting season in Gourdoho, India; October 14, 2015; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 4. ICRISAT; Winnowing sorghum grain; July 12, 2011; (CC BY-NC 2.0). 5. ICRISAT; Sorghum sustains the rural poor; September 20, 2010; (CC BY-NC 2.0). 6. UN Geneva; World Food Day; October 11, 2012; (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). 7. CIDSE - together for global justice; Women in agriculture, India; April 11, 2005; (CC BY 2.0).