Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture (ASHA)

Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture or ASHA-Kisan Swaraj network is a volunteer-driven 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. The network’s associates consist 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 is available for all Indians.

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.


Recent posts

04
Jul

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

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...
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04
Jul

“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”

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...
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04
Jan

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

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...
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30
Jun

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

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...
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