The African Center for Economic Transformation, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, saw the need for in-depth knowledge and evidence on the incidence of ASM and to generate lessons and recommendations that would inform policy and regulatory reforms. This desire culminated in a three-country case study on “The Impact of Expanding Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) and Small Holder Agriculture in West Africa”. The case studies of Ghana, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso have been compiled into a synthesis report.
In addition to these studies, the project includes three country-level validation workshops. The first of the validation workshops was held in Accra, Ghana on 1st February 2017. The workshop brought together key stakeholders mainly consisting of policy makers and other representatives from government, civil society organizations and industry.
The Ghana study focused on Talensi in the Upper East Region and Prestea in the Western Region where ASM and cocoa production co-exist. The study revealed, among other things, that:
The study highlighted that a ban on ASM activities will not necessarily unlock potential in the agricultural sector or deal with other challenges confronting the sector since most proceeds from ASM finance agriculture activities. This notwithstanding, ASM must not be allowed to continue unregulated.
Some recommendations given by stakeholders included the need for a national policy that clearly distinguishes between land areas demarcated for mining and farming; strengthening the capacity of regulatory bodies; and the need for traditional authorities and district assemblies to protect their lands and be held accountable for any unconstitutional leasing of land for illegal mining.
The second and third workshops are scheduled for 14th and 28th February, 2017 in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso respectively.
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