COVID‑19 places Iran’s nomadic pastoralists at a crossroads

Nomadic pastoralists in Iran play an important role in national food security and sovereignty.Footnote1 Since the arrival of COVID-19, they have been deeply concerned about the impact that the pandemic is likely to have on them. Their recently established national platform, the Union of Indigenous Nomadic Tribes of Iran (UNINOMAD),Footnote2 is taking action. UNINOMAD outlined its members’ concerns and proposed solutions in a letter sent to key national authorities on 10 March. We will outline the main points of the letter and reflect on what the overall situation might mean for nomadic pastoralism in Iran.

Prepared by: Maryam Rahmanian and Nahid Naghizade
COVID-19 places Iran’s nomadic pastoralists at a crossroads

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