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.

Webinar on “Sustainable Solutions to Straw Burning Problem” on 7th Nov (Saturday) at 3.30 pm

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Webinar on “Sustainable Solutions to Straw Burning Problem” on 7th Nov (Saturday) at 3.30 pm The issue of straw/stubble burning and its impact on loss of soil fertility and adding to air pollution is a well-known issue and figures prominently in public debates at this time of the year annually. Many solutions are also being [...]

ASHA’s Response on FSSAI’s planned mandatory fortification of Edible Oil with Vitamin Aand Vitamin D and Rice with Vitamin B12, Iron and Folic Acid

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From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 10:43 AM Subject: ASHA’s Response on FSSAI’s planned mandatory fortification of Edible Oil with Vitamin Aand Vitamin D and Rice with Vitamin B12, Iron and Folic Acid To: <ceo@fssai.gov.in> Cc: <Alokkumar.up@nic.in>, <min-wcd@gov.in>, <secy.wcd@gov.in>, <vch-niti@gov.in>, <hfm@gov.in>, <ns.tomar@sansad.nic.in>, <secy-agri@gov.in>, <min-food@nic.in>, <secy-food@nic.in>, <secyhfw@nic.in> To, Shri Arun Singhal, FSSAI CEO [...]

ASHA’s response to the Ordinance notified on “THE COMMISSION FOR AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION AND ADJOINING AREAS ORDINANCE, 2020″

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As a network working on sustainable farm livelihoods, the following is our analysis, mainly keeping farmers and stubble burning in mind. 1. Air quality, or conversely, air pollution is not majorly related to straw or stubble burning in agriculture. There are other factors that are contributing more significantly. Moreover, seen from the vantage point of [...]

ASHA feedback on proposed amendments to Organic Food Regulations 2017

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———- Forwarded message ——— From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 6:27 PM Subject: MoHFW/FSSAI’s draft amendmentF.No.Stds/Organic/Notification-01/FSSAI-2019 put out on 27th August2020 for amending the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulation 2017 To: <regulation@fssai.gov.in>, <ceo@fssai.gov.in> Cc: Kavitha Kuruganti <kavitakuruganti@gmail.com> To:                                                                                                                                 October 28th 2020 The Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety & [...]

Protection of Farmers’ Seed Rights – Webinar on October 30th 2020

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Webinar on Protection of Farmers’ Seed Rights in India on 30th Oct, 2020 (Friday) at 3.30 pm (India Time: UST +5.30) Abstract : Since the beginning of  agriculture,  farmers — mainly women — domesticated, developed and nurtured the seeds for agriculture to satisfy various needs of humans. Modern plant variety development technologies including manipulation at [...]

Declaration of the Online Seed Diversity Festival, Oct.24-25, 2020

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ONLINE SEED DIVERSITY FESTIVAL 2020 24-25 October 2020 Declaration Seed is the first and critical link in the food chain. It is a sacred code of evolution, an embodiment of life and memory, a latent world waiting to unfold, a symbol of humankind’s collective endeavour and innovation. The seed gives itself to earth – soil, [...]

Online Seed Diversity Festival, Oct.24-25, 2020

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ONLINE SEED DIVERSITY FESTIVAL 24/25 OCT, 10 AM-2.30 PM Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch, ASHA-Kisan Swaraj, Save our Rice Campaign and Sahaja Samrudha invite you to an online Seed Diversity Festival on October 24th 2020 (Saturday) and October 25th 2020 (Sunday) 10am to 2.30pm on both days This unique online Seed Diversity Festival will celebrate and [...]

ASHA Letter to Govt on Data from Acclaimed Scientists on Failure of Bt Cotton in India and The Way Ahead – 28th Sep 2020

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From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 10:20 AM Subject: ASHA Letter on Data from Acclaimed Scientists on Failure of Bt Cotton in India and The Way Ahead – 28th Sep To: <pkmishra.pmo@gov.in>, <connect@mygov.nic.in>, <indiaportal@gov.in>, <prakash.j@sansad.nic.in>, <asaj.moefcc@gov.in>, <asud.moefcc@gov.in>, <kveluthambi@rediffmail.com>, <sricha@ias.nic.in>, <geac.secretariat@gov.in>, <tk.kathula@nic.in>, <drmadhudikshit@gmail.com>, <nitink.jain@nic.in>, <director.seed@icar.gov.in>, <sbakshi@fssai.gov.in>, <sbakshi.fssai@gmail.com>, <vbandi_1953@yahoo.com>, <sachinandan@ndri.res.in>, Sachinandan De <sachinandan@gmail.com>, <aksingh@iari.res.in>, [...]

ASHA letter on the real picture of Bt cotton in India

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From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 10:20 AM Subject: ASHA Letter on Data from Acclaimed Scientists on Failure of Bt Cotton in India and The Way Ahead – 28th Sep To: <pkmishra.pmo@gov.in>, <connect@mygov.nic.in>, <indiaportal@gov.in>, <prakash.j@sansad.nic.in>, <asaj.moefcc@gov.in>, <asud.moefcc@gov.in>, <kveluthambi@rediffmail.com>, <sricha@ias.nic.in>, <geac.secretariat@gov.in>, <tk.kathula@nic.in>, <drmadhudikshit@gmail.com>, <nitink.jain@nic.in>, <director.seed@icar.gov.in>, <sbakshi@fssai.gov.in>, <sbakshi.fssai@gmail.com>, <vbandi_1953@yahoo.com>, <sachinandan@ndri.res.in>, Sachinandan De <sachinandan@gmail.com>, <aksingh@iari.res.in>, [...]

National webinar on Weedicide-free Farming: Science, Practices and Policies/खरपतवारनाशक जहर से मुक्त खेती – वेबिनार सत्र : विज्ञान, पद्धतियाँ और नीतियाँ 25th Sep

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Chemical intensive farming coupled with reducing crop-biodiversity has led to a situation, where weeds are considered as a serious problem in Indian agriculture. So called scientific intervention for weed management mostly focussed on recommending chemical weedicides. Many farmers also now think that spraying toxic weedicides is the most practical solution ignoring facts about various uses [...]