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.

Pesticides Management Bill 2020 – Key Amendments needed before the Bill is passed

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AMENDMENTS SOUGHT IN THE PESTICIDE MANAGEMENT BILL, 2020 BEFORE IT IS PASSED IN PARLIAMENT The following are some key amendments sought in the Pesticides Management Bill 2020, which has been tabled as Bill No XXII of 2020, to be passed in Rajya Sabha sometime in/after the week starting from Sep 14th 2020 during the Monsoon [...]

Webinar on “Glyphosate – Lessons for India”, Sept. 18th 2020

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You can find presentations from this webinar here: 1. Dr Nicolas Defarge’s presentation: http://www.kisanswaraj.in/wp-content/uploads/NicolasDefarge-ASHA-Webinar-Glyphosate-18th-Sept.pdf 2. Dr Peter Clausing’s presentation: http://www.kisanswaraj.in/wp-content/uploads/Peter_Clausing_ASHA_Webinar-200918.pdf 3. Dr Suman Sahai’s presentation: http://www.kisanswaraj.in/wp-content/uploads/SumanSahai_HT_PPT_ASHA-Webinar-17-Sept2020.pdf Abstract: Glyphosate is one of the most controversial agro-chemicals debated world over in the last two decades. Initially claimed to be ‘safer than table salt’, it has been classified as ‘probably carcinogenic [...]

Why the opposition to 3 “Agri-Business Facilitation” Bills?

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ASHA presents brief notes on the context, serious deficiencies and implications on the 3 “agriculture reform” ordinances which are to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on the 14th of September 2020 as Bills. These are in essence agri-business facilitation bills that will steer Indian agriculture towards greater corporate control at the expense of farmers’ [...]

Webinar on “3 Agriculture Reform Ordinances – Whither Farmer?”, Sept 11th 2020, 3.30pm

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Webinar can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQPPfPoHxoc and https://www.facebook.com/AshaKisanSwaraj/videos/796190571150505 Presentations can be accessed here: Dr Sudha Narayanan’s in english: http://www.kisanswaraj.in/wp-content/uploads/20200911_Narayanan_ASHA_3ordinances-final.pdf In Bangla here In Gujarati here In Hindi here In Kannada here In Odia here In Telugu here   Kiran Vissa’s in english: http://www.kisanswaraj.in/wp-content/uploads/Kiran-Vissa-3-Ordinances-ASHA-Webinar-11-Sept-2020.pdf In Bangla here In Gujarati here In Hindi here In Kannada here In Odia here In [...]

Webinar on “Uncultivated Foods”, Sept. 4th 2020, 3.30pm

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PRESENTATIONS OF THE SPEAKERS Salome Yesudas’s presentation can be downloaded here : http://www.kisanswaraj.in/wp-content/uploads/Salome-Yesudas-Uncultivated-Foods-4th-sept-webinar.pdf Dr Debal Deb’s presentation can be downloaded here : http://www.kisanswaraj.in/wp-content/uploads/Debal-Deb-Forest_Foods-Webinar-sept-4th.pdf Debjeet’s presentation can be downloaded here : http://www.kisanswaraj.in/wp-content/uploads/Debjeet-World-Worldviews-Knowledge-Practices-of-Kondh-community-sept-4th-2020.pdf  Brief introduction to the Speakers of this webinar is given below: SALOME YESUDAS, FREELANCE RESEARCHER Salome is a nutrition scientist who has been part of the ICAR-KVK (Indian Council for [...]

Bt cotton in India: Myths & Realities — Presentations & Brief Introductions of Speakers and Organisers

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International Webinar on Bt Cotton in India: Myths and Realities (An Evidence based Evaluation) August 24, 2020 Organized by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) and JATAN In Collaboration with Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) and India for Safe Food  The webinar can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4o4clmQrDk Dr Peter Kenmore’s presentation can be accessed here: http://www.kisanswaraj.in/wp-content/uploads/Dr-Peter-Kenmore-Webinar-on-Bt-Cotton-in-India-CSA-Jatan-ASHA-24-August-2020.pdf Prof [...]

#Ban27Pesticides: ASHA’s Feedback on S.O. 1512(E) Draft Order – Banning of Insecticides Order, 2020

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You can download ASHA’s response to the Government of India’s draft ban order on 27 pesticides, including a table on the 27 pesticides in pdf format here. Annexure to the letter on Bannable Pesticides in India, which have been banned in 2 or more countries elsewhere is downloadable here. ———- Forwarded message ——— From: ASHA [...]

ASHA’s response on the draft Restriction on use of Glyphosate Order 2020

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From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 1:57 PM Subject: ASHA’s response on the draft Restriction of use on Glyphosate Order 2020 To: <jspp-dac@gov.in>, <catish@ias.nic.in> Cc: <ns.tomar@sansad.nic.in> To: Date – 4th August 2020 The Joint Secretary, Plant Protection, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, Krishi Bhawan, [...]

ASHA, Civil society representatives & Scientists write to Business Standard on advertorial by pesticide industry NGO on 29/7/2020

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Date 3rd August, 2020   To Mr. T. N. Ninan, Chairperson, Board of Directors, Business Standard Pvt. Ltd. tn.ninan@bsmail.in   Mr.ShaileshDobhal, Editorial Lead, Business Standard Pvt. Ltd. shailesh.dobhal@bsmail.in   Re: The disgraceful advertorial published in the Business Standard on 29/7/2020    We strongly condemn the disgraceful and slanderous full-page advertorial published in your newspaper on 29/7/2020 [...]

Response to allegations made against Ms. Kavitha Kuruganti in CCFI’s advertorial

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Response from ASHA to the allegations made against Ms. Kavitha Kuruganti in the advertorial sponsored by Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI– An association of the pesticide industry) in Business Standard (BS) on the 29thJuly, 2020.   Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture or ASHA-Kisan Swaraj network is a volunteer-driven, large informal network of organisations and [...]