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The mining sector in Burundi is comprised almost entirely of ASM activities. However, exploration by large-scale firms has been underway for several years, particularly for nickel and deposits of high-grade rare earth elements. Compared to neighboring countries such as DRC and Rwanda, Burundi's ASM sector is relatively small with employment estimates ranging between 7,600-10,000 in the 3Ts and 14,000-27,000 in gold. While these metals are the main focus of activities, ASM operators also exploit development minerals such as peat, and sands for cement production.

Key Minerals Mined by ASM

Cassiterite • Cassiterite-Tantalite (mixed) • Coltan • Gold • Tantalite • Tungsten • Wolframite


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The data presented in this Version 1 of the Delve platform are from secondary sources and reflect data availability on the ASM sector. All data, countries and minerals are not yet represented. Data will be added on an ongoing basis as the global data gap on ASM continues to be filled. Visualizations created with under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-NonCommercial license.

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