Pastoralism is defined by the practice of mobile livestock herding though the term also encompasses pastoral farming and enclosed ranching. While it sounds like an outdated and inefficient way of life, pastoralism is still seen as highly dynamic and intricately linked to the modern world in a way that contributes significantly to national, regional, and international markets, according to the International Institute for Environment and Development. But there is little doubt that this lifestyle presents significant health challenges and environmental pressures.
This issue of Currents takes a close look at recent studies documenting these challenges—from disease transmission to coping with water scarcity.
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