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Pastoralists and climate change

Updated: Tue, 17 Oct 2017

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Is pastoralism a lifestyle on the verge of extinction or one well-placed to adapt to changing conditions? As climate change brings more extreme weather, particularly droughts, pastoralists are experimenting with everything from crop farming to livestock insurance to training as solar technicians to try to adapt, while some groups are returning to traditional systems of managing scarce grazing land and water.

Is pastoralism a lifestyle on the verge of extinction or one well-placed to adapt to changing conditions? As climate change brings more extreme weather, particularly droughts, pastoralists are experimenting with everything from crop farming to livestock insurance to training as solar technicians to try to adapt, while some groups are returning to traditional systems of managing scarce grazing land and water.