Dr. Vandana Shiva

2011 Recipient


Vandana Shiva Poster.img_assist_custom-130x168Dr. Vandana Shiva is a trained-Physicist (received her Ph.D. from University of Western Ontario), philosopher, environmental activist, eco feminist and author of several books. Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food, intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, and genetic engineering are among the fields where Shiva has contributed intellectually and through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering. In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya, a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 16 states in India which has helped set up 54 community seed banks across the country; trained over 500,000 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. 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 and is a women centered movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity. She has established a school for sustainability Bija Vidyapeeth on the Navdanya Biodiversity Farm in Doon Valley.

Her most recent books are Soil Not Oil, Earth Democracy and Water Wars. She is on the Board of International Forum on Globalization and World Future Council and she is the Vice President of global movement Slow Food International. Dr. Shiva has received numerous awards like the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’), Order of the Golden Arc, & most recently she won the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize for her commitment to social justice. And for her work on the empowerment of women in developing countries, her advocacy of the human rights of small farming communities, and her scientific analysis of environmental sustainability.