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.  

FSSAI receives letter on concerns with regard to its organic food regulations and implications for uncertified organic farmers

3:15 pm in News by Kavitha

To:                                                                                                                                          April 8th 2019 The Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India, FDA Bhawan, New Delhi.   Dear Shri Pawan Kumar Agarwal, Sub: Direction dated 2nd April 2019 regarding enforcement of the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017 – reg. Greetings! We have gone through the Direction (15 (21) [...]

ASHA Election Manifesto Demands….

9:52 am in News by Kavitha

Following are the various Election Manifesto related Demands that ASHA is putting forward to various political parties, on its own and along with other networks: ASHA’s Demands from Election Manifestos of Political Parties: Downloadable here “Reclaiming the Republic” (ASHA steering group members were involved in contributing to the Agriculture sections): Summary is downloadable here. Detailed [...]

Invitation to Register for ASHA Youth Retreat in Odisha between 28-31st March 2019/ ओडिशा में 28-31 मार्च के बीच आशा युवा आश्रय आमंत्रण

9:53 pm in News by Kavitha

Friends,We will be having an ASHA youth retreat in Muniguda (Rayagada district), Odisha between 28-31st March 2019. Concept note downloadable here has more details. Those of you who plan to attend, please send your confirmation and intended monetary contribution to as soon as possible. We have limited spaces. Please make your travel arrangements as soon as possible [...]

NDA government’s 6th Budget – A Disappointment to Farmers

7:02 am in News by Kavitha

For many weeks now, there have been speculative media articles about an imminent major announcement from the government, with regard to measures to be undertaken to address the agrarian distress and unrest in the country, often citing reliable sources in the government. The Budget announced on February 1st 2019 belied the expectations and once again [...]


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 [...]