COVID-19 Places Iran’s Nomadic Pastoralists at a Crossroads, by Maryam Rahmanian and Nahid Naghizadeh, Agriculture and Human Values, 3 pages, 2020.
Nomadic pastoralists in Iran play an important role in national food security and sovereignty. Since the arrival of COVID-19, they have been deeply concerned about the impact that the pandemic is likely to have on them. Their established national platform, the Union of Indigenous Nomadic Tribes of Iran (UNINOMAD, ICCA Consortium Member) outlined its members’ concerns and proposed solutions in a letter sent to key national authorities on 10 March. In the following brief article, the main points of this letter have been outlined and reflect on what the overall situation could mean for nomadic pastoralism in Iran.
The authors Maryam Rahmanian and Nahid Naghizadeh are part of CENESTA, ICCA Consortium Member.
Featured image: Qashqai pastorlists in Iran © CENESTA.