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.  


3:01 pm in News by Kavitha

KISAN SWARAJ SAMMELAN A Confluence of Farmer organizations and Well-wishers of the Farming Community   Organized by: Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA)   April 1-3, 2016: HYDERABAD   The 3rd Kisan Swaraj Sammelan comes at a time when the agrarian distress in India is continuing unabated, worsened by two consecutive years of drought [...]


7:32 pm in News by Kavitha

THE GOVERNMENT MISSES A MAJOR OPPORTUNITY: PMFBY IS A DRESSED UP VERSION OF EXISTING CROP INSURANCE SCHEMES WITHOUT ADDRESSING MANY BASIC ISSUES   New Delhi, January 15th 2016:     The new Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna [PMFBY], announced with much fanfare by the NDA government, is hardly the historic and path-breaking scheme that the government [...]


7:37 pm in News by Kavitha

India caves in all red lines in draft ministerial declaration: WTO 10th Ministerial in Nairobi, December 19th 2015  (PDF OF THE DRAFT DECLARATION IS ACCESSIBLE HERE): 1. No permanent solution on public stockholding issue 2. No disciplines on Special Safeguard Mechanism – just a work program Most damagingly in the final draft declaration that is [...]

ASHA’s Submission to Dr Haque-led Expert Group in Niti Ayog on Land Leasing in India

12:24 pm in News by Kavitha

December 4th 2015 To:   Dr T Haque, Chairperson, Expert Group in Niti Ayog looking at Land Leasing in India.     Dear Dr Haque,   Sub: ASHA’s submission to your Expert Group’s discussions on the issue of Land Leasing in India   Namaste! Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), as you are kindly [...]

India needs a Farm Income Commission to be set up, before implementing 7th Pay Commission Recommendations: Major farm unions

5:24 pm in News by Kavitha

To:                                                                                                                                                       November 30th 2015 Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, Government of India.   Dear Sir, Sub: Addressing the need for minimum dignified living incomes to be ensured in Indian agriculture – reg. Namaskaar! It is with a very high hope that we, representatives of many large farmer unions in the country, are penning this letter [...]

Tribute to Dr Om Parkash Rupela: 1948-2015

11:00 am in News by Kavitha

Dr Om Parkash Rupela: 1948-2015 There are hardly any words to describe the grief and great sense of loss that the entire community of organic farming/ecological agriculture movement in India is experiencing after hearing the news of the sudden and tragic demise of Dr O P Rupela, a friend and guide to hundreds in the movement. In [...]

Proceedings Report of the 5th National Organic Farming Convention

4:17 pm in News by Kavitha

You can read/download the Proceedings Report of the 5th National Organic Farming Convention here. This report prepared many months after the convention took place, has some sessions of the Convention undocumented, unfortunately (the proceedings from the session where a Grand Panel of Pioneering Organic Farmers responded to queries from the audience for hours, on Day [...]

Govt. Schemes That Can Be Used To Promote Organic Farming

10:35 am in News by Kavitha

There are very few government schemes that are meant exclusively to promote organic farming in India. However, if there is a policy conviction and commitment, it is seen that various schemes that exist apart from the few exclusive schemes can indeed be used to support the promotion of organic farming practices on a large scale. [...]

Equitable & Effective Delivery of Agricultural Credit

7:43 am in News by Kavitha

From ASHA, we had an opportunity to make a brief presentation to Dr Raghuram Rajan, Governor of Reserve Bank of India, on September 21st 2015, as part of a delegation put together by Bharat Krishak Samaj. The following was the submission from our side. Dear Sir, Sub: Concerns and suggestions with regard to access to [...]

Skillshare Course on “Organic Markets that Empower Farmers & Consumers”

8:13 am in News by Kavitha

ASHA is receiving applications for a paid skillshare course on “Organic markets that empower farmers & consumers”, on September 27th and 28th 2015 in Chennai. The course fee covers accommodation, food and handouts during the course. You can learn more about the course and download the application form here.