He is the founding Director of Action for Social Advancement (ASA), an Indian NGO, established in 1996, works over 2000 villages of India reaching out to over 300,000 smallholder families, primarily for farm based livelihoods development. He is a Post Graduate in development studies from a reputed management school in India and completed higher studies on development management from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. His major working experience of thirty years include development of livelihoods for smallholders through natural resources management including sustainable agriculture, and promotion of smallholders’ organization for agribusiness. He has significant consulting experience with the World Bank, FAO, Asian Development Bank, Planning Commissions of Indian States and International NGOs. Ashish has co-authored books “Monitoring for Outcomes in Community Driven Projects”, published by The World Bank, Washington DC, 2007; and “A Handbook on using Participatory Monitoring and Learning Tools”, published by the Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2007. There are more than twenty technical papers authored by him. He was a member of the National Advisory Council, an advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, during 2012-14.
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