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’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 <> 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: <> Cc: <>, <>, <> 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.


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———- Forwarded message ——— From: Kavitha Kuruganti <> Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 at 13:19 Subject: URGENT SUGGESTIONS TO GOI WITH REGARD TO SUPPORT TO FARMERS, THEIR LIVELIHOODS AS WELL AS TO ENSURE UNINTERRUPTED FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS To: <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <> Cc: <> URGENT SUGGESTIONS TO THE [...]

Amendments sought in Pesticides Management Bill 2020

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The new Pesticides Management Bill 2020 has been circulated to Rajya Sabha MPs and it is expected to come up for discussion and passing in both Houses in the coming week (March 23 2020 onwards). The Bill copy is available here: A set of Amendments that ASHA is seeking in the Bill, to improve some [...]

ASHA’s reaction to Budget 2020-21 of Government of India

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Share of Budget for Rural Economy Falls from 9.83% to 9.30% “Increasing rural demand & purchasing power would have boosted the sagging economy; Budget once again betrays India’s farmers,” says ASHA   New Delhi, February 1st 2020: A thorough analysis of the Budget shows that even though the Budget speech spoke much about Agriculture and [...]

Presentation on “Limits of DBT/DIT and Case of Tenant Farmers” by Kiran Vissa in IIC on 22/01/2020

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The presentation used by Kiran Vissa, Convenor of ASHA-Kisan Swaraj and Rythu Swarajya Vedika for his Lecture in IIC, New Delhi on January 22nd 2020 is downloadable here.

ASHA’s Suggestions related to Agriculture & Farm Livelihoods for Budget 2020-21

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December 16, 2019 Dear Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Greetings! Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture, also known as ASHA-Kisan Swaraj, is a national network of organizations and individuals working for sustainable farm livelihoods, advocating for income security for farm households, ecologically sustainable agriculture, protection of rights over resources and access to safe, nutritious food for all. [...]

Letter to PPV&FR Authority on its FAQs book and need to withdraw it…..

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———- Forwarded message ——— From: Mail . <> Date: Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 3:22 PM Subject: FAQ booklet brought out by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority and uploaded on official website To: <> Cc: <>, <>, <>, Suman . <>   To:                      [...]

ASHA’s inputs on Pesticides Management Bill, expected to be introduced in the Parliament in Winter Session of 2019

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—– Forwarded message —– From: Kavitha Kuruganti <> To: <> Cc: <>; <>; <>; <>; <> Sent: Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 12:48:06 GMT+5:30 Subject: Pesticides Management Bill 2019 To: The Joint Secretary (Plant Protection), Room # 238, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi 110 001. Email: Phone: 011-23382937 Ext. 4965 [...]

Announcing ASHA Skillshare Course on Advocacy Tools for securing farmers’ rights & improving farm livelihoods, Dec.19-20, 2019, Bengaluru

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An ASHA Skillshare Course on Tools for Advocacy to Secure Farmers’ Rights & To Improve Farm Livelihoods December 19-20, 2019: Bengaluru How do we understand advocacy? Is it only vis-a-vis the State, or is it about influencing market forces and society too? What are the ways by which some citizen rights were secured by people’s [...]