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.

CHHATTISGARH GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT GET COERCED INTO FORTIFIED RICE DISTRIBUTION IN PUBLIC SCHEMES BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA –ASHA & RTFC Press Release & Report

3:13 pm in News by Kavitha

Full Report (english) of the Fact Finding Visit to Chhattisgarh on Rice Fortification is available for download HERE Executive Summary (english) can be downloaded HERE Hindi  Executive Summary can be downloaded HERE STATE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ADOPT RESPONSIBLE, EFFECTIVE AND SAFE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF MALNUTRITION IN CHHATTISGARH, AND ABANDON RICE FORTIFICATION Raipur/New Delhi, 20th [...]

“Jharkhand Government must stop Government of India’s misadventure with Rice Fortification – State Goverment should not distribute Fortified Rice in the State and should instead focus on holistic approaches to nutrition”

9:12 pm in News by Kavitha

Fact Finding Report can be downloaded here “Jharkhand Government must stop Government of India’s misadventure with Rice Fortification – State Goverment should not distribute Fortified Rice in the State and should instead focus on holistic approaches to nutrition” Ranchi, 11th May 2022: At the end of a 3-day fact-finding visit in Jharkhand by Right To [...]

RICE FORTIFICATION IN INDIA : AN UNDEMOCRATIC, INEFFECTIVE, AND RISKY APPROACH TO NUTRITION

4:21 pm in News by Kavitha

Background Food fortification refers to the addition of chemical/synthetic vitamins and minerals (like Iron, Folic Acid, Iodine, Zinc, Vitamins B12, A, D etc.) that are not available naturally in particular foods, to those foods in the post-harvest stage during processing. A variant of such food fortification is through purposive breeding of plant varieties, including by [...]

ASHA reaction to Budget 2022-23 of Union Govt tabled by Union Finance Minister

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No “Amrit Kaal” for the Annadaatas who provide the life spirit to our nation, even as Finance Minister’s speech and budget figures show a DECLINE in support to farmers: ASHA-KISAN SWARAJ Overall budget estimate of Agriculture and Allied activities reduced from 4.26% previous year to 3.84% now Deafening silence of the Government in its Budget [...]

ASHA-Kisan Swaraj’s analysis & objections related to Biological Diversity Act Amendments

12:54 pm in News by Kavitha

To:                                                                                                                   January 28th 2022 Dr Sanjay Jaiswal, Chairperson, Joint Committee on Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill 2021, Parliament of India.   Dear Chairperson and Members of the Joint Committee on Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill 2021, Sub: ASHA-Kisan Swaraj’s analysis on the amendments being proposed by Government of India in Biological Diversity Act 2002 – Reg. ASHA-Kisan [...]

Reg. Judgement of PPVFR Authority in PepsiCo’s Potato Variety Revocation Case

4:18 pm in News by Kavitha

Hindi version of the text of the letter given below in english is available HERE. ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Jatan Trust <jatantrust@gmail.com> Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 at 16:12 Subject: Reg. Judgement of PPVFR Authority in PepsiCo’s Potato Variety Revocation Case To: <chairperson-ppvfra@nic.in> Cc: <secy-agri@nic.in>, <nstomaroffice@gmail.com>, <ns.tomar@sansad.nic.in>, <mukesh.kumar2005@ias.nic.in>, Shalini Bhutani <emailsbhutani@gmail.com>, suman sahai <suman@genecampaign.org>, Kavitha Kuruganti [...]

Situation of Farmers Becoming Worse, as per Government’s 77th Round Situation Assessment Survey: ASHA Kisan Swaraj calls upon Government of India to fulfil farmers’ demand for a legally guaranteed remunerative MSP for all farmers and all agricultural produce

5:24 pm in News by Kavitha

Situation of Farmers Becoming Worse, as per Government’s 77th Round Situation Assessment Survey: ASHA Kisan Swaraj calls upon Government of India to fulfil farmers’ demand for a legally guaranteed remunerative MSP for all farmers and all agricultural produce   New Delhi, September 11th 2021: NSSO’s 77th Round findings put out by the Government of India [...]

Response to FFRC letter dated 19th November 2020, in response to our letter dated 5th November 2020 on Planned Mandatory Fortification in India of Edible Oils and Rice

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To: Mr Ashok Kumar Mishra, Assistant Director, FFRC (Food Fortification Resource Centre)  Sub: Response to FFRC letter dated 19th November 2020, in response to our letter dated5th November 2020 on Planned Mandatory Fortification in India of Edible Oils and Rice Dear Shri Ashok Kumar Mishra, This is a long overdue response from our side to [...]

Civil Society Response on GoI’s IDEA consultation paper on Digitisation in Indian Agriculture

12:19 pm in News by Kavitha

The Response sent to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare is downloadable here ———- Forwarded message ——— From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 at 12:10 Subject: Response to Consultation Paper on IDEA-India Digital Ecosystem of Agriculture To: <idea.consult-agri@gov.in> Cc: <secretary@meity.gov.in>, <secy-agri@gov.in> Date: 30th June, 2021 To, The Chairperson, Task Force [...]

Why farmers are insisting on a Repeal of the 3 Central Farm Laws

8:07 pm in News by Kavitha

WHY THE FARMERS ARE ASKING FOR A REPEAL OF THE 3 FARM ACTS (Note: This is a note that collects the various key issues being raised by farmer organizations about the Farm Acts, and attempts to put them together cogently and comprehensively) 1. INTRODUCTION Farmers’ organisations of the country have been demanding a full repeal [...]