We (Peliti- www.peliti.gr) have been working with Navdanya International (www.navdanya.org) since 2013 when we co-organized the International Seed Days in Greece and Peliti Seed Festival and very important seed events in Athens Greece to increase awareness about the seed issue and the loss of agricultural biodiversity. Dr. Vandana Shiva was present at these events and her speeches both to the large public and to the administration had a very important impact.
In 2014 Navdanya prepared all the infrastructure to make possible the Seed Solidarity Caravan which we co-organized. The caravan with Dr. Shiva as the main speaker, travelled through Greece Italy and France and created important seed events in 5 European cities/towns.
In 2015 we co-organized with Navdanya in Greece the First Global Meeting on Common Goods attended by representatives of numerous countries. In December 2015 Navdanya offered us the possibility to participate in the alternative events in France which took place during the climate summit. This was a wonderful source of empowerment for our work because it was the beginning of our participation in a global network on regenerative agriculture.
In 2016 we were given the possibility to participate to the People’s Assembly and follow the hearings at the Monsanto Tribunal in the Hague in the Netherlands. This gave us the opportunity to translate and transfer a lot of basic information about pesticides to our local audiences.
In 2017 we co-organized the First Olympic Seed Festival in Greece and we also had Navdanya’s support for the organization of a seed festival in Turkey at the Theological School of Chalki.
Since 2013 Navdanya has been a very important source of empowerment helping our efforts towards supporting the rights of small scale farmers and towards propagating and regenerating agricultural biodiversity.
PELITI is a Seed Savers association working in Greece and in other European countries since 1995. We have 17 local groups in our country and one in Bulgaria. We participate in a pan-european seed saver network, and a global network on regenerative agriculture. As closely work with many organic producers and we disseminate traditional seeds along with the relevant knowledge working closely with schools and communities. During the numerous festivals that we organize, our members freely share the traditional seeds they have produced, seeds which we all inherited and are not covered by Intellectual Property Rights.
Peliti founder and general coordinator