Characteristics of nomadic pastoralism

Characteristics of nomadic pastoralism




Nomadic pastoralism involves constant or seasonal movement or migration of nomads and their livestock (cattle, goats, sheep, donkeys, and camels) from one place to another in search of green pastures and water

The following are characteristics of nomadic pastoralism

  • Seasonal movement of nomads and their livestock
  • cattle are kept as a sign of wealth
  • a large herd of cattle with uncontrolled breeding are kept




  • lack of organized land tenure where land is communally owned
  • little or no crop is grown as much attention is turned to animals
  • many kinds of animals (goat, sheep, donkeys etc) are grazed together
  • poor marketing of the animals and their products
  • There are high incidences of diseases.

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