Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, ecofeminist and anti-globalisation author. 

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Vandana Shiva was born on 5 November 1952 in Dehradun. 

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She moved to Canada to pursue a master's degree in the philosophy of science at the University of Guelph in 1977.  

In 1978, she completed and received her PhD in philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, 

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Vandana Shiva has written and spoken extensively about advances in the fields of agriculture and food. 

In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. 

She is also the founder of Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights.

Her first book, Staying Alive (1988), helped change perceptions of third world women. 

Shiva has also served as an advisor to governments in India and abroad as well as non-governmental organisations, 

She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993, an award established by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull. 

She is often referred to as "Gandhi of grain" for her activism associated with the anti-GMO movement.

Shiva is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization.

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