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2021-23

ASA becomes part of the Global Coalition “Regenerative Production Landscape Collaborative” to introduce new-age water conservation and agricultural practices that are climate resilient and enable sustainable and green growth.

2020

ASA expands its operations to Odisha, Uttar Pradesh,
Maharashtra and Gujarat

2018

ASA develops its third strategic plan for the next 5 years.

2016

ASA and ASA-promoted FPOs receive several national and regional accolades and rewards from government & non-government organizations.

2015

ASA starts digitization of its administrative functions and programs. ASA has become one of the most digitised NGOs and makes its operations systemic and handy.

2014

ASA starts its organic program as a part of RCI, with a focus on cotton.

2013
  • ASA develops its sustainable agriculture development code “Responsible Crop Initiative (RCI)” popularly known as “Jimmedar Kheti”, which is a third-party validated program.
  • Director ASA became a member of the Agriculture Technology Council of the Government of India. 
2012-13

ASA expands its operations in Chhattisgarh.

2012
  • Ashis Mondal, director of ASA, gets nominated to the National Advisory Council (NAC).
  • His contribution led to the formulation of national policy & implementation guidelines for FPO, in which ASA’s FPO manual was published verbatim. 
  • He also contributed to the formulation of the National Agroforestry Policy, published in 2014.
2010-12

ASA expands its operations in Bihar & Jharkhand.

2009

Director ASA becomes a member of the global crop sustainability platform, called ‘Round Table on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS)’ and continues for 6 years.

2008-09
  • ASA publishes its first producers’ manual on FPO
  • ASA-promoted FPOs starts getting visibility and the model becomes an inspiration for many development groups.
2008

ASA is adjudged as the best mid-level NGO by Nand and Jeet Khemka Foundation and Resource Alliance.

2006

ASA sets up MFI with comprehensive policy guidelines and operational manuals.

2005

The Board of Trustees approves setting up of Micro Finance Institute as a sister initiative of ASA.

2003

Horizontal expansion of ASA’s CBNRM portfolio begins with the initiation of Participatory Irrigation Management projects in MP.

2002
  • The World Bank awards ASA action research projects on Participatory Monitoring and Learning in three World Bank-funded projects in MP.
  • PaniYatra organized by CSE visits ASA’s watershed project to learn about community efforts in water conservation.
  • Aga Khan Foundation’s impact evaluation recognises ASA as one of the best-performing NGOs.
2001
  • Down to Earth features ASA’s drought-proofing measures in “Saga of Successful People-Centric Efforts.”
  • The pilot federation-based microfinance approach was initiated in Jhabua district.
1997

Aga Khan Foundation engages ASA for institutional capacity building and technical support in its existing NRM projects.

1996
  • ASA becomes a legal entity as a Society, with its Head Office in Dahod, Gujarat.
  • ASA starts implementing its first watershed projects in 7 villages in Jhabua district, MP with support from DRDA.
1995

An informal group of development professionals come together as ASA.

Governance

At ASA we have a robust governance framework comprising experts who guide and oversee our strategic direction, devise policies, and obtain and allocate resources to mobilize and sustain our core purpose. They are also responsible for ensuring transparency, accountability and effective decision-making across our project landscape.

Ms. Prema Gera

Chairperson

Ms. G. Jayanthi

Director

Mr. Ashis Mondal

Trustee

Mr. Binoy Acharya

Trustee

Jacob Ninan

Trustee

MR. M. M. Upadhyay

Trustee

Ms. Soma Dutta

Trustee

Mr. Subrata Dasgupta

Trustee

Subraya Shankar Bhat

Trustee

Leadership

Meet our illustrious leadership team that combines diverse skill sets, vast expertise and steadfast commitment to drive sustainable change and enhance lives. Their vision and passion inspire us to create a lasting difference in the communities we serve.  ASA is a strong team of 380 people from the disciplines of agri-engineering, soil and water engineering, agronomy, agribusiness, social work, seed technology, Agro-forestry, horticulture, Finance, communication, MIS, IT, GIS  and RST, accounts and human resources.

Ms. G. Jayanthi

Director

Krishn Kumar Trivedi

Chief Operating Officer

Sheikh Moharram

Assistant Director
Operations

Bhagwan Patel

Programme Director
LWRD

Samim Molla

Programme Director
Training & FPO Support

Agya Khurdelia

Programme Director
Finance

A.K. Krishnanandan Nair

Sr. Manager
P&A & Legal Advisor

Dr. Varan Singh

Programme Manager
Sustainable Agriculture

Abhishek Mishra

Programme Manager
Financial Inclusion

Mohiuddin Ahmed

Programme Director
Jharkhand & Bihar Operations

Tutu Sethi

Programme Manager
Odisha Operations

Krishna Kalani

Programme Manager
RPLC, M.P-West

Sanghamitra Swain

Project Executive
Odisha

Projects

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