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.

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

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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

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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 [...]

सभी किसानों के लिए एमएसपी का क़ानूनी हक़ – किसान स्वराज का नोट

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सभी किसानों के लिए एमएसपी[1] का क़ानूनी हक़ सभी किसानों के लिए एमएसपी  का क़ानूनी हक़ – किसान स्वराज का नोट – pdf   वर्तमान में भारत में जारी किसान आंदोलन की एक अहम माँग क़ानूनी गारंटी वाली लाभकारी क़ीमत मिलने से जुड़ी है। आंदोलनरत किसानों की मांग है कि एमएसपी उन्हें क़ानूनी गारंटी के [...]

ASHA Letter to GoI on Direction & Partnerships of its Digital Push by Ministry of Agriculture

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———- Forwarded message ——— From: ASHA Kisan Swaraj <asha.kisanswaraj@gmail.com> Date: Wed, May 5, 2021 at 11:04 AM Subject: Direction and Partnerships of the digital push by the Ministry of Agriculture To: <ns.tomar@sansad.nic.in> Cc: <ravis@sansad.nic.in>, <vch-niti@gov.in>, <secy-agri@gov.in>, <secretary@meity.gov.in>, <anantm@microsoft.com>, <sachin@cropdata.in> 5th May 2021 To, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India. [...]

ASHA’s note on MSP as a legal entitlement for all Farmers

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MSP AS A LEGAL ENTITLEMENT FOR ALL FARMERS (You can download this document in its pdf version here) One of the key demands of the ongoing farmers’ agitation in India is related to statutorily guaranteed remunerative prices. Protesting farmers are demanding that the Minimum Support Prices actually accrue to them in a legally binding manner, [...]

ASHA’s note on GoI’s mandatory food fortification policies

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ASHA Position Paper on Mandatory Fortification of Foods in India This position paper has been written by the Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA) in the context of mandatory fortification of foods like edible oil, milk and proposal for the same for rice in India. Whilst we agree with Food Safety and Standards Authority [...]

ASHA’s Note on GoI’s approach to Farmer Producer Organisations

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FPOs – Should they be Aggregating Agents of Agri corporations or Harbingers of Atma Nirbhar farming communities? “Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)” is a term applied to different kinds of collectivisation of farmers, which can take different legal forms or even remain as informal. Such collectives are meant to empower the member farmers, especially in terms [...]

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 [...]