Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA)

11:10 am in ASHA's response, Home, News by Kavitha

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.  


3:14 pm in Blog, News by John

Donate for the Historic Kisan Mukti March in Delhi One Lakh farmers will be marching to Delhi on Nov 29th and 30th, 2018, traveling from across the country. They are calling for the nation’s attention to the situation of the farming community, and demanding that a Special Session of Parliament be called to discuss and [...]


9:25 am in News by Kavitha

If you would like to support the Kisan Mukti March financially, you can donate here: JOIN US IN LARGE NUMBERS, ON NOV.29TH & 30TH 2018 The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) is a joint platform of more than 200 farm organisations, formed in June 2017, united to secure legal rights for all [...]

Development & Application of a Farm Assessment Index for a holistic comparison between organic and chemical farming

2:58 pm in News by Kavitha

THIS IS ABOUT A 3-YEAR RESEARCH PROJECT UNDERTAKEN BY ASHA, ALONG WITH IIT BOMBAY AND OFAI (ORGANIC FARMING ASSOCIATION OF INDIA).The report was released in the recently concluded 4th Kisan Swaraj Sammelan in Ahmedabad, on November 3rd 2018. You can download the full report here. A Synopsis is available here. It was in an internal [...]

Declaration & Resolution of 4th Kisan Swaraj Sammelan

7:47 am in News by Kavitha

Declaration & Resolution of 4th Kisan Swaraj Sammelan (Hindi here)   As a gathering of more than a thousand farmers and their well-wishers, innovators, activists, scientists, field workers, policy makers and policy analysts, adivasis, women and people from marginalized communities, we are filled with immense hope and the deep sense that a different world is [...]

All Discussion Notes of 4th Kisan Swaraj Sammelan, Ahmedabad, Nov.2-4 2018

1:06 pm in News by Kavitha

The Discussion Notes that various anchors and resource persons of different thematic sessions had created for the 4th Kisan Swaraj Sammelan are on the link given below. 1. Organic Nutrition Gardens: ENGLISH, HINDI, GUJARAT 2. Land Acquisition: ENGLISH, HINDI, GUJARATI 3. GMOs in our Food & Farming: ENGLISH, HINDI, GUJARATI 4. Adivasi Farmers: ENGLISH, [...]

Schedule for 4th Kisan Swaraj Sammelan, Nov.2-4, 2018

12:27 am in News by Kavitha

4TH KISAN SWARAJ SAMMELAN of ASHA-KISAN SWARAJ & GUJARAT VIDYAPITH GUJARAT VIDYAPITH, AHMEDABAD NOVEMBER 2nd 2018, FRIDAY (1st Day) Time Theme Facilitator/ Resource Person From 3pm of Nov.1st REGISTRATION NEAR VC OFFICE 08.00 am to 09.00 am Vinay Mandir Ground BREAKFAST 09.00 am to 10.00 am Central Office Guided Tour of Gujarat Vidyapith Museums GVP [...]

CONFIRMED REGISTRATIONS LIST 2, as on 27th October 2018

10:34 pm in News by Kavitha

Organisers of Kisan Swaraj Sammelan 2018 are happy to announce the second list of registrations, dated 27/10/2018. You can see the registrations list here:  

किसान स्वराज सम्मेलन : पंजीकृत प्रतिभागियों की पहली सूची, कार्यक्रम का वर्तमान प्रारूप, व्यवस्था संबंधी कुछ आवश्यक जानकारी

10:33 pm in News by Kavitha

कार्यक्रम का वर्तमान प्रारूप: पूरा कार्यक्रम यहां उपलब्ध है पंजीकृत प्रतिभागियों की पहली सूची यहां उपलब्ध : प्रिय मित्रवर, ‘आशा’- किसान स्वराज और गुजरात विद्यापीठ के तत्वधान में और जतन की मेजबानी में अहमदाबाद में 2-4 नवंबर, 2018 को आयोजित किये जा रहे चौथे किसान स्वराज सम्मेलन में आप का स्वागत है। आशा है [...]


2:05 pm in News by Kavitha

ASHA-Kisan Swaraj and Gujarat Vidyapith are happy to put out the first List of Confirmed Registrations for the 4th Kisan Swaraj Sammelan, Nov.2-4 2018, Ahmedabad, hosted by Jatan. We request those of you who have registered, to go through the following letter carefully, in addition to checking if your name does appear in the First [...]

ASHA Stands In Solidarity with Greenpeace India

3:25 pm in News by Kavitha

PRESS RELEASE: New Delhi, October 18, 2018 ASHA Stands In Solidarity with Greenpeace India In the first week of October, the Enforcement Directorate of the Ministry of Finance raided the office of Greenpeace India in Bangalore, without any warrant, and confiscated documents. During the past week, we learnt that Greenpeace India’s bank accounts were frozen [...]