Author: Athar Parvaiz

Ice stupas not cutting ice with some farmers in Ladakh

Hailed as a climate-friendly innovation, the ice stupas of Ladakh are now being slammed by some downstream farmers for diverting water they could have used for farming and groundwater recharge

It is early June and the sun beats down harshly in the Ladakh Himalayas. Yet, the two giant artificial glaciers in the form of ice stupas in the cold desert’s Phyang village still stand tall…Read More

No water for Kashmir’s rice farmers

Almost no snow and rain in recent months has pushed Kashmir to an unprecedented drought, with authorities advising farmers not to cultivate water-intensive rice

In the villages of Kashmir, farmers are worried about the creeping dryness in the Himalayan region. While they are acutely aware how it can affect their crops in summer, a recent government advisory…Read More

Drought leaves Kashmir farmers unfazed

Simple water harvesting structures such as farm ponds have enabled many vegetable farmers in Kashmir to irrigate their fields despite the recent record-breaking drought

From August 2017 to January 2018, Kashmir suffered an unprecedented drought, but some farmers were not affected by it. In Panzinara, a vegetable growing belt near the summer capital Srinagar…Read More

Combat climate change effects, go organic

Organic farming and permaculture have the potential to help India’s farmers adapt to climate change by making crops hardier and by restoring soil and water health

With farmers in many parts of India shifting from chemicals-based farming to organic cultivation, experts say permaculture has the potential to adapt to climate change…Read More

Lotus stages comeback in Kashmir’s Dal Lake

Destroyed by the devastating 2014 floods attributed partly to climate change, the cultivation of lotus stems, a delicacy in Kashmir, has been revived through painstaking efforts of farmers

If the lotus stem, an expensive delicacy much loved in Kashmir, is abundantly available in local vegetable markets these days, it is because of the sheer hard work of farmers who cultivate it…Read More