Agriculture
   Although Berbers have been historically associated with practices of pastoral nomadism, agriculture has been significant to some groups, especially those that inhabit mountainous areas, plains, and oases. The quality of water and soils is poor throughout most of the region, and there are additional impediments, such as sandstorms and locusts. Despite all these constraints, farmers have been able to eke out a living in these marginal lands. Traditionally, farmers tend fig, olive, and apple and date palm trees. They also cultivate a wide variety of crops, such as barley, wheat, corn, fava beans, and an assortment of vegetables and other fruit. However, the bulk of cereals and other fruit is imported to satisfy the requirements of population growth.

Historical Dictionary of the Berbers (Imazighen) . . 2014.

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