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Vanishing People, Vanishing Livelihoods

Since the beginning of time, nomads have roamed the world and have been an essential part of economic and cultural activity around the globe.

South Asia has the world’s largest nomadic population.

In India, there are more than 500 nomadic groups, roughly 80 million people, but every day their traditional ways of life are disappearing.

The diversity of the livelihoods of each of these nomadic communities is staggering.  Each one fills a particular socio-economic niche, fulfilling a specific need of village or sedentary communities.

The Kuchis of Afghanistan have to travel long distances to avoid drought, dust storms, and wars. They are about 10% of Afghanistan’s population and are an important part of the foundation of Afghanistan’s exports of wool, carpet, and animal hides.  Because they travel to remote regions, the Kuchis have been instrumental in taking manufactured goods to remote areas, and rather than being…

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