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


With a variety of over 40 different minerals under production, the mining sector in Zimbabwe is among the most diverse in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region1. Due the challenging economic environment, the country has experienced a strong growth of artisanal mining since the 1990s, primarily in the gold sector. The number is estimated to have grown from 500,0002;at the beginning of the century to more than one million today3. Growing numbers of artisanal miners are shifting to small-scale mining as a result of difficult to access gold deposits. In 2017, artisanal and small-scale gold production surpassed large-scale mining for the first time.4

Photograph by Pact from Zimbabwe Accountability Artisanal Mining Program (ZAAMP)

Key Minerals Mined by ASM

Diamond • Gemstones • Gold

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Production by Weight (KG) per Mineral

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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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