Nomad Dairy protects the lands as well as the indigenous people of Ethiopia by paying suppliers with fair wages and promoting healthy agro-eco practices throughout the country. Camel Milk is not only healthy but it helps sustain the natural ecosystem and environment. A camel’s drought-resistant mechanisms help it withstand droughts and other ecological shortfalls.
Many indigenous peoples in Ethiopia have been protesting the development activities of their government, due to its oversight and lack of care for indigenous lands. Many of Ethiopia’s indigenous peoples residing in the Gambella and Lower Omo regions have been objecting to the government’s development activities on their traditional lands, particularly the controversial Gibe III dam, officially inaugurated in December 2016. Communities who have lived along the Lower Omo River for centuries – along with environmental and indigenous rights activists from across the region – have long objected to the dam project because of its potentially devastating impacts on the ecosystem and the livelihoods of communities in the region. The dam is designed to more than double Ethiopia’s hydropower output and to support the vast commercial agricultural plantations that the government has been developing.
Creation of these plantations has led to forced displacement of thousands of indigenous people in the region, through a ‘villagization’ process that resulted in well-documented human rights violations. Indigenous communities have lost their homes, their grazing territories and their agricultural lands, and have experienced a significant disruption of their cultural traditions as a result of the displacement. The dam also is likely to have significant environmental impacts on indigenous communities and the environment in neighboring Kenya, where water levels in Lake Turkana have dropped by 1.5 meters since the dam reservoir began to fill. Environmentalists have long predicted that Lake Turkana may disappear entirely as a result of the dam, but the Kenyan government has signed up to buy electricity generated by Ethiopia’s newest hydroelectric plant (http://minorityrights.org).
Camel Milk is native to the lands and has a low impact on the environment and the indigenous people. Without much water in the areas, camels can still survive and thrive in such conditions. Additionally, in comparison to cow’s milk, camels can survive on a lot less than their competitors. Camels also help with rotational grazing and add help prevent soil degradation, which contributes greatly to a healthy ecological system.
Nomad Dairy works with the indigenous peoples of Ethiopia to ensure its products do not do harm to any of the peoples or harshly affect the lands. In fact, Nomad Dairy is committed to remaining socially responsible and to the continuity of the vibrant cultures found in Ethiopia.