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 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 [...]

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 [...]