What do you know about pastoralists communities of Africa?
- In Africa, where over half of the world’s pastoral population lives, even today 22 million Africans depend on some forms of pastoral activity for their livelihood.
- They include communities like Bedouins, Berbers, Maasai, Somali, Boran and Turkana.
- Most of them now live in the semi-arid grasslands or arid deserts where rainfed agriculture is difficult.
- They raise cattle, camels, goats, sheep and donkeys; and they sell milk, meat, animal skin and wool.
- Some of them also earn through trade and transport, others combine pastoral activity with agriculture, still others do a variety of odd jobs to supplement their meagre and uncertain earnings from pastoralism.