Throughout history the Kyrgyz have cultivated their lands and domesticated plants and animals for food. Traditionally they raise sheeps, horses, cattle, camels, and yaks. This way of life proved sustainable under the Soviets because of its efficiency in raising livestock. They also produce Koumiss. It’s the fermented milk that plays a part in the Kyrgyz diet along with crops from their lands. Today they also factor in some manufactured goods into their diets which they buy from foreign markets.
Today there’s about 4.4 million Kyrgyz who mostly live in Kyrgyzstan. They’re divided in tribes and most still live a traditional nomadic lifestyle in the rural regions. They can be found making home around Lake Issyk Kul, the Fergana Valley and Naryn River valley.