Mobile pastoralism in West Asia – Myths, challenges and a whole set of loaded questions

Mobile pastoralism in West Asia – Myths, challenges and a whole set of loaded questions, by Dr. M. Taghi Farvar, Policy Matters #12, September 2003.

  • Myth 1: Pastoralism is an archaic form of production not adapted to modernity
  • Myth 2: Mobility is inherently bad
  • Myth 3: All conflicts are caused by pastoralists
  • Myth 4: Rangelands are degraded because of over-stocking and overpopulation
  • Myth 5: Pastoral production has very low productivity
  • Myth 6: Pastoralists have to settle down in order to benefit from modern services
  • Myth 7: Pastoralism destroys biodiversity and leads to desertification
  • Myth 8: Pastoralists do not take care of the land because of the “”Tragedy of the Commons””
  • Myth 9: Pastoralists are poor, in ill health and food insecure
  • Myth 10: Pastoralists overgraze their land

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