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 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 [...]

Response to the Draft Seeds Bill 2019

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To:                                                                                                    November 13, 2019 Joint Secretary [...]


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New Delhi, November 4th 2019: At a time when the Indian economy is in the doldrums, India should not move forward on the RCEP at any cost, warned farm rights advocacy group Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA). “The development in Thailand today, where other countries decided to go ahead while India did not get on [...]

We need avoidance of conflict of interest, not management: ASHA response to FSSAI’s draft guidelines for working with private sector

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———- Forwarded message ——— From: Kisan Swaraj <> Date: Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 11:51 AM Subject: ASHA’s Feedback on FSSAI’s draft guidelines on “Working with the Private Sector” To: <> Cc: <>, <>, <>, <> To:                                                                                                 25th October 2019 The Executive Director (Compliance Strategy) Food Safety & Standards Authority of India, Food and Drug Administration [...]

Amendments to Seeds Bill essential for protecting Indian farmers’ interests

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NOTE: THIS LETTER WAS SENT BY ASHA TO GOI BEFORE SEEDS BILL 2019 WAS PUT OUT ON 28/10/2019 BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK. ASHA WOULD RESPOND TO THE SEEDS BILL 2019 VERSION TOO. —– Forwarded message —– From: Kavitha Kuruganti <> To: <>; <> Cc: <>; <>; <>; <> Sent: Sunday, 6 [...]

ASHA Submission to Fadnavis Committee for Transforming Indian Agriculture

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ASHA’S RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE HIGH POWERED COMMITTEE OF CHIEF MINISTERS ON TRANSFORMATION OF INDIAN AGRICULTURE Submitted: September 4, 2019        PDF Link   Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (also known as ASHA-Kisan Swaraj Network) is a large national network of organisations and individuals, working to promote sustainable and dignified farm livelihoods in India. [...]

ASHA’s submission: Comments on the Report of the Committee on Labeling of Pesticides as per Toxicity

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—– Forwarded message —– From: Kavitha Kuruganti <> To: <> Cc: <>; <> Sent: Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 10:00:37 GMT+5:30 Subject: COMMENTS ON THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON LABELLING OF PESTICIDES AS PER TOXICITY COMMENTS ON THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON LABELLING OF PESTICIDES AS PER TOXICITY To: The Secretary, Central Insecticides Board, Directorate of [...]

Statement from ASHA on Subhash Palekar Natural Farming

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Organic Farming, Natural Farming and other approaches to agro-ecology Welcome;  Agro-ecological principles at work are the same in various models; Diversity of approaches/practices/techniques essential to suit local conditions; Transgenics and other gene technologies patently antithetical to agro-ecology;  Agro-Ecology is based on nature’s principles and is beyond personalities; Adivasi agriculture has long pioneered natural farming and [...]

Reg. the need to establish a set and clear definition of NATURAL FARMING

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From: Kavitha Kuruganti <> To: <>; <>; <> Cc: <>; <> Sent: Monday, 29 July 2019, 12:33:22 GMT+5:30 Subject: Reg. the need to establish a set and clear definition of NATURAL FARMING To:                                                                                                                                          July 29th 2019   Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Government of India.   Dear Sir, Sub: On the need for having a set and clear definition [...]