Herskovits showed that cattle were a dominant element among East African pastoralists’ culture and life. Cattle were important in many ways, e.g. as a symbol of wealth, dowry, and in ceremonies. Continue reading “Are Nomadic Pastoralists Non-Rational?”
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Nomadic Pastoralism: Importance and Distribution
- Livestock is the fastest growing agricultural sector, and in some countries accounts for 80% of GDP.
- Grasslands – the basis for livestock production – cover ~70% of the global agricultural area.
- More of the land surface of the earth is used for grazing than for any other purposes.
- Pastoralism produces 10% of the world’s meat, and supports some 200 million pastoral households who raise nearly 1 billion head of camel, cattle and smaller livestock.
- >1 billion people depend on livestock, and 70% of the 880 million rural poor living on less than USD 1 per day are at least partially dependent on livestock.
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