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

11
Apr

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

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...
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05
Nov

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

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,...
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02
Nov

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

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...
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