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.

#Ban27Pesticides: ASHA’s Feedback on S.O. 1512(E) Draft Order – Banning of Insecticides Order, 2020

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You can download ASHA’s response to the Government of India’s draft ban order on 27 pesticides, including a table on the 27 pesticides in pdf format here. Annexure to the letter on Bannable Pesticides in India, which have been banned in 2 or more countries elsewhere is downloadable here. ———- Forwarded message ——— From: ASHA [...]

ASHA’s response on the draft Restriction on use of Glyphosate Order 2020

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From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 1:57 PM Subject: ASHA’s response on the draft Restriction of use on Glyphosate Order 2020 To: <jspp-dac@gov.in>, <catish@ias.nic.in> Cc: <ns.tomar@sansad.nic.in> To: Date – 4th August 2020 The Joint Secretary, Plant Protection, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, Krishi Bhawan, [...]

ASHA, Civil society representatives & Scientists write to Business Standard on advertorial by pesticide industry NGO on 29/7/2020

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Date 3rd August, 2020   To Mr. T. N. Ninan, Chairperson, Board of Directors, Business Standard Pvt. Ltd. tn.ninan@bsmail.in   Mr.ShaileshDobhal, Editorial Lead, Business Standard Pvt. Ltd. shailesh.dobhal@bsmail.in   Re: The disgraceful advertorial published in the Business Standard on 29/7/2020    We strongly condemn the disgraceful and slanderous full-page advertorial published in your newspaper on 29/7/2020 [...]

Response to allegations made against Ms. Kavitha Kuruganti in CCFI’s advertorial

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Response from ASHA to the allegations made against Ms. Kavitha Kuruganti in the advertorial sponsored by Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI– An association of the pesticide industry) in Business Standard (BS) on the 29thJuly, 2020.   Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture or ASHA-Kisan Swaraj network is a volunteer-driven, large informal network of organisations and [...]

ASHA’s Comments on Draft EIA 2020 Notification

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———- Forwarded message ——— From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 at 08:44 Subject: ASHA Comments on S.O.1199(E) draft EIA Notification, 2020 To: <eia2020-moefcc@gov.in>, <secy-moef@nic.in> Cc: Karthik Gunasekar <gkarthik.gunasekar@gmail.com>, Kavitha Kuruganti <kavitakuruganti@gmail.com> To,                                        [...]

Livestreaming Links for Webinar (Part 2) on “Why Government’s Proposal to Ban 27 Pesticides is Welcome”

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Livestreaming of Part 2 of Webinar on  “Why Government’s Proposal to Ban 27 Pesticides is a Welcome Development” July 14th 2020, 4pm ASHA facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AshaKisanSwaraj/ India For Safe Food facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/India4safefood/ Rythu Swarajya Vedika facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RythuSwarajyaVedika/ ASHA youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1brV9gwjFej73Ym0gVttLg ASHA twitter: https://twitter.com/ASHAKisanSwaraj   Speakers and topics for Part 2 of the [...]

2-part Webinar (Jul 11&14 2020) on ‘Why Government’s Proposal to Ban 27 Pesticides is a Welcome Development’.

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Topics and speaker profiles for Part 1 of Webinar on 11th July 2020 (Saturday) 4pm – Shri Devinder Sharma – Introductory Remarks Dr. D. Narasimha Reddy - Why Ban on Pesticides Shri Amit Khurana – Pesticide Management for Safe Food and Health Dr. G.V. Ramanjaneyulu – Successful & Safe Alternatives in Farming Devinder Sharma is a distinguished food and [...]

ASHA’s letter on GoI’s move to ban loose sales of edible oil

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——— Forwarded message ——— From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2020 at 13:23 Subject: Concerns reg moves to ban loose sales of edible oil. To: <secy-ca@nic.in> Cc: <secyhfw@nic.in>, <ceo@fssai.gov.in> To:                                              [...]

ASHA’s letter to Secretary, Dept of Chemicals & Petrochemicals on his letter to the Ministry of Agriculture about proposed ban on 27 pesticides

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———- Forwarded message ——— From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 1:37 PM Subject: Withdrawal of letter to MoAFW with regard to proposed ban on 27 pesticides in India To: <sec.cpc@nic.in> Cc: <sadananda.gowda@sansad.nic.in>, <sadanandagowda@yahoo.com>, <dvsg.mcf@nic.in> To:                                                                                                                           June 25th 2020 Shri R K Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry [...]

Report of a Helpline run by Rythu Swarajya Vedika for relief for migrant workers stranded in Andhra Pradesh

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The report can be downloaded here.