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Very few studies on ASM in Nigeria exist. Due to the collapse of the country’s large-scale mining sector at the end of the 20th century, there is a relatively large space for ASM to maneuver. Industrial mining is currently limited to iron ore and coal mining, while ASM produces barite, columbite, development minerals, gemstones, gold, tin and tantalum. 90% of all mineral commodities in Nigeria1 are being mined by the ASM sector, which directly employs around 400,0002 people.3


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Ayuba Ahmad Muhammed, secretary of the Zamfara State Gold Buyers and Sellers, displays a mined mineral in Gusau, Nigeria
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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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