COVID-19 Impact on ASM News about how COVID-19 is affecting artisanal and small scale mining in the world

Ethiopia

A wide variety of mineral resources can be found in Ethiopia, including development minerals, gemstones, gold, platinum and silver. Because the industrial mining sector has not yet been developed, these deposits are primarily extracted by artisanal and small-scale miners. Estimations of the size of the ASM sector vary significantly, ranging from 450,0001;operators to 1.25 million.2 Most operators work in the gold mining sector, but the production of opal and tantalum is also of significance. Only 6% of the ASM sector is formally organized and licensed.3

A female gold miner in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of western Ethiopia
Photograph by Pact

Key Minerals Mined by ASM

Gold • Opal

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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 Highcharts.com under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-NonCommercial license.

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