by Ellen Geerlings
Seedling, October 2004. pp 11-16.
The Raika represent one of the largest groups of livestock herders
in India. Through their innovativeness, flexibility and specialised
knowledge, they have managed to thrive in a harsh, semi-desert
environment. They have developed hardy livestock breeds and a complex
social web that revolves around their animals. But external factors
are pushing the Raika to the limits of their resourcefulness and
threatening their livelihood with extinction.
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