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Title:The Structure of East African Herds and the Future of East African Herders
Authors:Dyson-Hudson, Neville
Dyson-Hudson, Rada
Periodical:Development and Change
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:animal husbandry
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7660.1982.tb00118.x
Abstract:To assess accurately (and if possible to improve) the problematic future of East African pastoralists, it is necessary to grasp their ecological situation. This is most readily achieved by trying to understand the structure of their herds, because the herd is the central feature of a pastoral ecology. As an animal population, the livestock herd is a vector of environmental process, genetic potential, behavioural and physiological response - to heat stress, to forage and water availability, to disease. As an instrument for pastoral survival, it reveals the environmental perception, the technological capacity, the management skill, the needs, and the intentions of the human population which uses it. Map, ref., tab.