Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA)

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Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture or ASHA-Kisan Swaraj network is a large informal network of organisations and individuals that initially came together in 2010 to organise a Kisan Swaraj Yatra, a nation-wide mobilisation to draw attention to issues pertaining to our FOOD, FARMERS, FREEDOM.
ASHA works with a mission to strengthen sustainable agricultural livelihoods and food diversity/safety/nutrition by re-orienting policies, practices and public consciousness, towards a holistic vision of social, environmental and economic justice as described in the Kisan Swaraj Neeti. It is a network that enables, and draws upon synergies of collective wisdom and action, based on mutual trust and respect.
From the dialogues that emerged during the Kisan Swaraj Yatra and subsequent work, ASHA articulates a 4-pillared Kisan Swaraj Neeti and calls on governments to adopt the same. The four pillars of Kisan Swaraj Neeti are (1) income security for farm households; (2) ecological sustainability of agriculture; (3) people’s control over agricultural resources like land, water and seed; and (4) access to safe, healthy, nutritious and sufficient food for all. The Kisan Swaraj Neeti is conscious of, and sensitive to structural issues of discrimination and marginalisation, and seeks to address those within this policy framework.

ASHA feedback on proposed amendments to Organic Food Regulations 2017

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———- Forwarded message ——— From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <> Date: Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 6:27 PM Subject: MoHFW/FSSAI’s draft amendmentF.No.Stds/Organic/Notification-01/FSSAI-2019 put out on 27th August2020 for amending the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulation 2017 To: <>, <> Cc: Kavitha Kuruganti <> To:                                                                                                                                 October 28th 2020 The Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety & [...]

Protection of Farmers’ Seed Rights – Webinar on October 30th 2020

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Webinar on Protection of Farmers’ Seed Rights in India on 30th Oct, 2020 (Friday) at 3.30 pm (India Time: UST +5.30) Abstract : Since the beginning of  agriculture,  farmers — mainly women — domesticated, developed and nurtured the seeds for agriculture to satisfy various needs of humans. Modern plant variety development technologies including manipulation at [...]

Declaration of the Online Seed Diversity Festival, Oct.24-25, 2020

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ONLINE SEED DIVERSITY FESTIVAL 2020 24-25 October 2020 Declaration Seed is the first and critical link in the food chain. It is a sacred code of evolution, an embodiment of life and memory, a latent world waiting to unfold, a symbol of humankind’s collective endeavour and innovation. The seed gives itself to earth – soil, [...]

Online Seed Diversity Festival, Oct.24-25, 2020

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ONLINE SEED DIVERSITY FESTIVAL 24/25 OCT, 10 AM-2.30 PM Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch, ASHA-Kisan Swaraj, Save our Rice Campaign and Sahaja Samrudha invite you to an online Seed Diversity Festival on October 24th 2020 (Saturday) and October 25th 2020 (Sunday) 10am to 2.30pm on both days This unique online Seed Diversity Festival will celebrate and [...]

ASHA Letter to Govt on Data from Acclaimed Scientists on Failure of Bt Cotton in India and The Way Ahead – 28th Sep 2020

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From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 10:20 AM Subject: ASHA Letter on Data from Acclaimed Scientists on Failure of Bt Cotton in India and The Way Ahead – 28th Sep To: <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, Sachinandan De <>, <>, [...]

ASHA letter on the real picture of Bt cotton in India

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From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <> Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 10:20 AM Subject: ASHA Letter on Data from Acclaimed Scientists on Failure of Bt Cotton in India and The Way Ahead – 28th Sep To: <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, Sachinandan De <>, <>, [...]

National webinar on Weedicide-free Farming: Science, Practices and Policies/खरपतवारनाशक जहर से मुक्त खेती – वेबिनार सत्र : विज्ञान, पद्धतियाँ और नीतियाँ 25th Sep

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Chemical intensive farming coupled with reducing crop-biodiversity has led to a situation, where weeds are considered as a serious problem in Indian agriculture. So called scientific intervention for weed management mostly focussed on recommending chemical weedicides. Many farmers also now think that spraying toxic weedicides is the most practical solution ignoring facts about various uses [...]

Pesticides Management Bill 2020 – Key Amendments needed before the Bill is passed

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AMENDMENTS SOUGHT IN THE PESTICIDE MANAGEMENT BILL, 2020 BEFORE IT IS PASSED IN PARLIAMENT The following are some key amendments sought in the Pesticides Management Bill 2020, which has been tabled as Bill No XXII of 2020, to be passed in Rajya Sabha sometime in/after the week starting from Sep 14th 2020 during the Monsoon [...]

Webinar on “Glyphosate – Lessons for India”, Sept. 18th 2020

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You can find presentations from this webinar here: 1. Dr Nicolas Defarge’s presentation: 2. Dr Peter Clausing’s presentation: 3. Dr Suman Sahai’s presentation: Abstract: Glyphosate is one of the most controversial agro-chemicals debated world over in the last two decades. Initially claimed to be ‘safer than table salt’, it has been classified as ‘probably carcinogenic [...]

Why the opposition to 3 “Agri-Business Facilitation” Bills?

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ASHA presents brief notes on the context, serious deficiencies and implications on the 3 “agriculture reform” ordinances which are to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on the 14th of September 2020 as Bills. These are in essence agri-business facilitation bills that will steer Indian agriculture towards greater corporate control at the expense of farmers’ [...]