Economic Impacts of ASM in Taita Taveta County, Kenya
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) directly and indirectly employs a number of people in Taita Taveta County (TTC) on temporary basis, while other mining operations are ongoing in the county constituencies where minerals are being exploited.
This income generating activity by the ASM plays a very important role by providing vocational jobs that sustain the livelihood of the community living in the mining environs.
The economic impact on the county community and the national economy at large may be profound with a significant proportion of national mining production coming from ASM sources.
It is difficult to obtain accurate information on exact ASM numbers in the county, given that it is considered informal or illegal in nature.
ASM population has, temporarily and geographically, formed an increasingly growing phenomenon in the county.
Artisanal mining typically uses rudimentary tools, employs basic recovery techniques and manual labour is largely involved.
Bernard Kipsang Rop, an Associate Professor of Geology, is a prolific author of geosciences and religion; while Seroni Anyona is an Experienced Geologist; whereas Ian Krop is a Mining Engineer.
They all lecture at MMPE, JKUAT, Kenya.