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GRAIN "is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge.

"GRAIN was established at the beginning of the 1990s to launch a decade of popular action against one of the most pervasive threats to world food security: genetic erosion. The loss of biological diversity, undermines the very sense of "sustainable development" as it destroys options for the future and robs people of a key resource base for survival." [1]

Cofounded by Henk Hobbelink and Renee Vellve. Winner of the 2011 Right Livelihood Award. [2]


Accessed May 2009: [3]


The organisation has currently an annual budget of close to 900.000 Euros, and the most important donors are: [4]

  • Novib, Netherlands ( )
  • Trocaire, Ireland ( )
  • Brot für die Welt, Germany ( )
  • Misereor/KZE, Germany ( )
  • Swissaid, Switzerland ( )
  • SwedBio, Sweden ( )
  • Fund for Sustainable Biodiversity Management, Netherlands ( )
  • Brot für Alle, Switzerland ( )



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, GRAIN, accessed May 3, 2009.
  2. List of Laureates, Right Livelihood Award, accessed December 9, 2011.
  3. About the organisation, GRAIN, accessed May 3, 2009.
  4. About the organisation, GRAIN, accessed May 3, 2009.