The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) industry has seen a surge of growth over the past few years, following the increase of mineral prices.
This is according to a new report released by the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development.
The report states that the sector has expanded from 6mn people being directly engaged in ASM in 1993, to 13mn in 1999, 30mn in 2014, and 40.5mn in 2017.
Comparatively, only an estimated 7mn people were working in industrial mining in 2013. There are an anticipated 150mn people living in 80 countries located in the global south which depend on ASM for their livelihood.