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How do the Ju/'hoansi get their food?

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The Ju/'hoansi get their food largely through the provision of foreign aid.

It wasn't always like this, however. Traditionally, the Ju/'hoansi were hunters and gatherers. Because they were expert trackers, their skills were at one point pressed into service by the South African Army during the border wars in Angola, Namibia, and Zambia.

Because the Ju/'Hoansi and their ancestors had hunted in the bush for thousands of years, they had extensive knowledge of the area and were therefore able to help the South African armed forces to find their way around such a notoriously dangerous and inhospitable part of the world.

Nowadays, the traditional way of life of this small, remote tribe has all but vanished. Instead of hunting and gathering food, the Ju/'Hoansi now mainly rely on foreign aid and assistance.

Over the years, a number of private initiatives such as the Nyae Nyae Conservancy (NNC) have been established to help the Ju/'Hoansi to obtain their own food through farming and tending livestock. However, funding for such initiatives has tended to be limited, thus making them less successful than they might otherwise have been.

As a consequence, the Ju/'Hoansi, a once entirely self-sufficient, independent tribe, has become almost completely reliant on development aid, which—though vital to keeping the Ju/'Hoansi alive—has also had the unintended effect of generating more dependency.

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