Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA)

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ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture) is a large, nation-wide informal network of more than 400 organisations drawn from 20 states of India, that have come together in 2010 to organise a Kisan Swaraj Yatra, a nation-wide mobilisation to draw attention to issues pertaining to our FOOD, FARMERS, FREEDOM. The network consists of farmers’ organisations, consumer groups, women’s organisations, environmental organisations, individual citizens and experts who are committed to the cause of sustainable and viable farm livelihoods in rural India including by ensuring that productive resources are in the control of farming communities and thereby, safe, nutritious, diverse and adequate food for all Indians. 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. This policy articulation provides a framework for a forward-looking agricultural policy approach for India. The four pillars of Kisan Swaraj 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 work of ASHA is centred around (1) setting up ecological farming alternatives, building related capacities, working on marketing avenues for organic produce and campaigning for replicating support to ecological farming on a large scale, (2) to ensure seed diversity revival and secure seed self reliance and campaign for large scale scaling up of the efforts including through consumer awareness and empowerment, (3) watching out for any negative unsustainable approaches in Government of India’s BGREI programme (Bringing Green Revolution to Eastern India) related to corporatisation of seed resources, chemicalisation of eastern Indian agriculture, water use intensification etc., (4) making a clear case for ensuring minimum living incomes for farm households and campaigning to achieve the same, (5) understanding and advocating a different dispensation to adivasi agriculture and food security, and (6) campaigning against hazardous agri-chemicals including pesticides and fertilisers through the India For Safe Food platform. A recent initiative has been to join hands with other like-minded groups to ensure women’s rights and visibility as farmers.  

Indian farmers’ organizations call upon the Government to stand firm on food security issue at the WTO

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Press Release: 23rd July, 2014 Indian farmers’ organizations call upon the Government to stand firm on food security issue at the WTO   New Delhi: In a statement released ahead of the WTO General Council meeting tomorrow, farmers’ organizations in India called upon the Indian Government to stand firm on linking the Food Security proposal [...]

Budget 2014-15 has no substantive proposals to address farm livelihoods in India: ASHA

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Reacting to the budget announcements made by the Finance Minister today, Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) expressed its deep disappointment that the government has not come up with anything substantive in terms of decisive shifts in policy directions, to address the crisis in farm livelihoods in India. In many ways, this belies the [...]

ASHA’s Statement on the IB report & India’s GMO-Free Movement

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IB’S REPORT ON “IMPACT OF NGOs ON DEVELOPMENT” (dated June 3rd 2014) and THE GMO-FREE MOVEMENT IN INDIA: Statement from ASHA   An Intelligence Bureau report dated June 3rd 2014 that is seen by many to have been deliberately leaked to select media houses, is creating a public sentiment in India at this point of [...]

ASHA Letter to PM Narendra Modi: Fulfilling the BJP promise of according highest priority to agricultural growth, increase in farmers’ income and rural development

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To:                                                                                                                   May 28, 2014 Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, Government of India.   Dear Sir, Sub: Fulfilling the BJP promise of according highest priority to agricultural growth, increase in farmers’ income and rural development – reg.   Greetings! ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture) is a large, nation-wide informal network of more than 400 [...]

Call for Seed Sovereignty: Protect Farmers’ Rights

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Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch (India Seed Sovereignty Alliance) – a nationwide network for conserving and regenerating seed diversity and self-reliance – celebrates the International Seed Day on 26th April.  Newly formed, with about 100 present members from 17 states, including many outstanding seed-savers and farmer-breeders of thousands of crop varieties, it urges the great need [...]

किसान संगठनों ने की आय की गारंटी और खेती में पारिस्थितिक स्थिरता (टिकाऊ खेती) की मांग की

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लोक सभा चुनाव से पहले सभी राजनीतिक दलों को सौंपी मांगों की सूची कहा, “जल, जंगल, बीज और जमीन से छीने जा रहे किसानों के हक को तुरंत रोका जाए” पार्टियों को चेतावनी दी गई कि खेती और किसानों की नीतियों के आधार पर ही मिलेंगे वोट नई दिल्ली, 6 मार्च 2014: लोक सभा चुनाव [...]

Farmer Unions Demand Income Guarantee and Ecological Sustainability in Farming

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RELEASE CHARTER OF DEMANDS TO ALL POLITICAL PARTIES ON POLL EVE “Alienation of Land, Seed, Water and Forests be stopped immediately” Warn Parties that Voting Will Be Based on Vision Stated for Farming New Delhi, March 6th 2014: More than 100 farmer organizations of the country representing lakhs of farmers, including some of the larger [...]

TOWARDS RURAL REJUVENATION: Our Charter of Demands

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CHARTER OF DEMANDS ON AGRICULTURE/FARM LIVELIHOODS FOR POLITICAL PARTY MANIFESTO S THE CONTEXT The present paradigm of high-external-input-based, intensive agriculture which is premised on “produce more and prosper”, has clearly failed India and has shown itself to be a “produce more and perish” model where rural India and its livelihoods are concerned. This model, which [...]

Pesticides Management Bill 2008: Issues

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A Bill by the name of Pesticides Management Bill 2008 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in October 2008. The same was then referred to the Department-related Standing Committee on Agriculture on 30th October 2008 for examination and recommendations. The Standing Committee gave its report (46th report) in February 2009. This Bill is now to [...]

India loses historic opportunity of correcting WTO wrongs

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“Agreements at Bali jeopardize Food and Livelihood Security of millions in the name of international trade and this is unacceptable” New Delhi, December 7th, 2013: Expressing deep disappointment with the official and media hype around India’s ‘win’ in the WTO Bali Ministerial Conference, Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) said that India lost a [...]