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bne IntelliNews – LONG READ: The plight of Mongolia’s young herders

“In the rest of the world, the livestock follows the people. In Mongolia, the people follow the livestock.”  

Munkhbat Norovjamts 

In Mongolia, 40% of the population still live as herders, while the rest modernize at an incredible pace. Among those who engage in herding, “only a small percentage are true nomads, moving as many as eight times per year”. So explains Munkhbat Norovjamts, who teaches sociology at Ulaanbaatar State University.  

Born in Arkhangai, he grew up herding. When he was 18 years-old, he moved to Ulaanbaatar to attend university. Today, a PhD candidate, he has been researching Mongolian herders for most of his adult life.  

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