Zero Hunger

2020 Edition
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Pastoralism: Indigenous Way of Mitigating Climate and Poverty Risk

  • Suzana Djordjević-MiloševićEmail author
  • Jelena Milovanović
Reference work entry



Pastoralism could be defined as a production system, or a type of land use; furthermore, it can get ethnic or cultural attributes, and yet neither of these definitions represents its nature in a satisfactory way, since they do not include all aspects of importance. For instance, pastoral, as an adjective, means peaceful, idyllic, rural, or rustic, while pastoralist as a noun is used to indicate cultural identity of people who practice pastoralism, share a pastoralist background, or are involved in activities related to pastoralism (Krätli and Swift 2014).

Pastoralism is not just a production system – other important sociocultural and ecological dimensions should be also considered. A proper definition of pastoralism, therefore, must combine the specific livelihoods with the land type and cultural aspects of communities dealing with pastoralism as in the following definition provided by Jenet et al. (2016...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzana Djordjević-Milošević
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jelena Milovanović
    • 1
  1. 1.Environment and Sustainable Development StudiesSingidunum UniversityBelgradeSerbia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Datu Buyung Agusdinata
    • 1
  1. 1.School of SustainabilityArizona State UniversityTempeUSA