Category Archives: Pastoralism

Notes on Dairy Goats and Artisan Cheese Production in Central Africa

Dairy Animals & Traditional Dairy Production in Central Africa –A Brief Background Cattle and goats are important components of small farm agriculture in Burundi, Rwanda and the eastern Congo.  Agriculturalists were the first migrants into the area, many hundreds of … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-Central, Agriculture, Burundi, Cuisine, European colonizers, Food, Goat farmer, History, History-Recent, Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika2, Livestock, Living here, Pastoralism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 19th Century – The Limits of Pastoralism as a Lifestyle

  [First posted  24 Oct 2009  Revised 04 November 2011] With the Horn of Africa so much in the news now, I am updating and reposting several links that focus on limited resources in the area. Summary: The importance of the relationship … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, Breeds of livestock, Colonialism, Cuisine, Environment, Explorers & exploration, fat-Tailed sheep, Food, Horn of Africa, Humanitarian Assistance, John Hanning Speke, Kenya, Livestock, Middle East, Nomadic lifestyle, Pastoralism, Somali, Somalia, Sourcd of the Nile, Swahili coast, Third World, Wild honey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Life and Livestock in the Arid Areas of Somiland, 1850’s

When Burton and Speke travelled in the regions of what today is Somaliland, they discovered  ways of life lived by both pastoralists and livestock that were, to them, unique.  Reasonable responses to aridity formed the context for successful survival.  …In … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa-East, Breeds of livestock, Burton and Speke, Colonialism, Explorers & exploration, fat-Tailed sheep, Food, Horn of Africa, John Hanning Speke, Livestock, Military position, Pastoralism, Somali, Somalia, Swahili coast | 1 Comment

Most Popular Blog Pages – Why?!

Over the weekend I looked back on the pages that are the most popular – that people come back to again and again. And wonder ‘why?!’  Several are refered to in wiki articles – such as “An Ancient Egyptian ‘Recipe’ … Continue reading

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Food and Folk Cures – I of III (The Beja Nomads of Egypt & Sudan)

Here is a training-learning exercise that is both useful and also fun to do, because it is participatory (‘interactive’) – while also generating information about how groups structure cause-prevention-cure relationships with regard to their health – and in the three … Continue reading

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Coffee Rituals, Camel Shins & Ostrich Brochettes: The Beja Tribes of Eastern Sudan & Egypt – Part II

Continuing yesterday’s blog (here)…  Beja house, near the little trading town of Shalateen on the Red Sea coast, using drift wood for building. From here desert camel caravans coming from western Sudan would offload their livestock onto motorized boats coming from Saudi Arabia. … Continue reading

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Coffee Rituals, Camel Shins & Ostrich Brochettes: The Beja Tribes of Eastern Sudan & Egypt – Pt. I

Background: For several years in the early 1980’s, while with an international humanitarian organization, I managed a livestock-health project working with several of the Bishariin –or Beja – tribal lineages who live in the Red Sea Hills of Southeastern Egypt … Continue reading

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