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How Mongolian Herders Are Transforming Nomadic Pastoralism

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Vernooy, Ronnie
Journal: Solutions
Volume: 2
Page(s): 82-87
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8368
Sector: Agriculture
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): pastoralism
Abstract: "Mongolia is the country of endless plains and eternal blue skies. Eighty percent of the land area is covered by grassland, giving home to about 35 million horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and camels. Half of the countrys population of 2.7 million depends on livestock production, which contributes more than 20 percent of the countrys GDP. More than these numbers can tell, nomadic pastoralism is a way of life. For centuries, herders have roamed the grasslands 'following our animals,' as the herders' adage goes, building, packing, and rebuilding their traditional gers, or tents, to make their living from natures bounty."

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