ag·​ro·​pas·​to·​ral·​ism ¦a-(ˌ)grō-¦pa-st(ə-)rə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce agropastoralism (audio)
: a way of life or a form of social organization based on the growing of crops and the raising of livestock as the primary means of economic activity
Agropastoralism in these agriculturally marginal environments demanded a regular exchange of livestock for crops, especially during droughts.N. Thomas Hakansson, Ethnology, Summer 1998
agropastoralist adjective
… this article explores the sociocultural context of ritual violence in a small-scale agropastoralist society and its relation to social reproductive concerns. Jon G. Abbink, Ethnology, Summer 1999
agropastoralist noun
plural agropastoralists
They were agropastoralists who were good at raising cattle and sheep and who were able to utilize the minimal available water for growing wheat. Victor Mair, quoted by Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2010

Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of agropastoralism was in 1982

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