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African Geographical Review
Volume 29, Issue 1, June 2010

 

Research Article

A Survey of Livestock Wealth and Marketing Among the Pastoralists in Northwest Eritrea

Woldetensae Tewolde (Asmara University, Eritrea)


Abstract:

This paper addresses the importance of wealth differences among the pastoralists in northwest Eritrea. Drawing upon data from a survey of 150 households, the paper analyzes important economic indicators that have significant effects on production strategies of the pastoral communities. The study argues that livestock are kept as a preferred store of wealth across a wide range of social groups and therefore differentiation of livestock ownership has profound impacts on social stratification and marketing behavior.

Key words: Eritrea, pastoralism, livestock marketing