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Newsletter 05

Maasai agriculture and land use change

Maasai people are often viewed as a nomadic tribe who follows their herds to better grazing lands and water. This is not the case. Seasonal cattle herd migration is usually done by the young warriors, while the rest of the family and small livestock remain at the main homestead. Crop growing is now an important part of the Maasai culture in the Monduli and Manyara area.

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Current livestock and environment interactions in Kazakstan

Pastures cover 64% of the total territory of Kazakstan and account for 70% of agricultural lands being the national wealth, the foundation for life of the local population in all historical periods. Now this natural resource is threaten by overgrazing and land degradation.

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Voices 

Silvopastures and conservation in La Esparza.

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Photo: Andrew Conroy
Maasai agriculture and land use change