Athar Parvaiz

Athar Parvaiz
Athar Parvaiz is a Srinagar-based journalist.
March 24, 2017
Phincho Tsering Dukpa has decided to sell more than half of his land because of frequent losses. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Wild animals spoil farmers’ hard work in Darjeeling

Crop depredation by wildlife is one of the biggest problems facing the livelihood security of many farmers in Darjeeling, with most of them losing up to 40% of their crop every year

March 13, 2017
A woman in Sikkim working in her organic vegetable farm. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Organic farming starts paying dividends in Sikkim

Ever since Sikkim was declared fully organic in January 2016, local farmers say it is helping them increase their incomes, although connectivity for rapid transportation of farm produce continues to be a stumbling block

January 20, 2017
A Kashmiri artisan weaving a Pashmina shawl on his handloom. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Damage to Kashmiri handicrafts is affecting livelihoods

Sales of handmade Kashmiri carpets and shawls, which are the most profitable proportion of the valley’s once-thriving handicrafts industry, have declined drastically as machine-made products flood the market

December 16, 2016
A Maldhari with his Banni buffalos. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Banni pastoralists see success in battle for survival

The Maldharis of the vast Banni grasslands in Gujarat show how people cope with enforced change caused either by natural forces or human intervention and how vulnerability can be turned into opportunity

November 7, 2016
In some villages in Kashmir, educational volunteers are teaching students in community schools. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Political turmoil leaves Kashmir’s education sector in tatters

Four months of closed schools in the middle of an academic year has left an entire generation of Kashmiri students in the lurch although there are some scattered efforts at makeshift community schools

October 28, 2016
Saffron farmers are worried about declining production in recent years (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Another autumn of uncertainty for Kashmir’s saffron farmers

A most prized harvest, the falling production of saffron in the villages of Pulwama is now a serious concern for the many farmers who have been traditionally cultivating the rare flower