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Capitalisation, Commoditisation And Obligation Among Ethiopia's Afar Pastoralists

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This paper on the Afar pastoralists of north-eastern Ethiopia examines their livelihood goals to understand how they view the institutions that are central to their existence. The paper examines the choices made in allocating livestock resources to accumulate different forms of capital. Using qualitative and quantitative research the paper considers the value of internal livestock exchange for accruing insurance and the impact that such value has on the commoditisation of livestock.
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Keywords: AFAR; CAPITAL; ETHIOPIA; LIVESTOCK; MARKETING; PASTORALISM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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  • Nomadic Peoples is an international journal published by the White Horse Press for the Commission on Nomadic Peoples, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Its primary concerns are the current circumstances of all nomadic peoples around the world and their prospects. Its readership includes all those interested in nomadic peoples, scholars, researchers, planners and project administrators.
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