ag·​ro·​pas·​to·​ral·​ism | \ ¦a-(ˌ)grō-¦pa-st(ə-)rə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce agropastoralism (audio) \

Definition of agropastoralism

: 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

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agropastoralist \ ¦a-​(ˌ)grō-​¦pa-​st(ə-​)rə-​list How to pronounce agropastoralism (audio) \ 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

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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