MAKING THE POOR ‘POORER’ OR ALLEVIATING POVERTY? ARTISANAL MINING LIVELIHOODS IN RURAL MALAWI

Authors


Paul Justice Kamlongera, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, The University of Reading, Earley Gate, PO Box 237, Reading RG6 6AR, UK.

E-mail: Paulk2806@yahoo.com

Abstract

This article critically assesses the economic impact an emerging artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector has had in rural Malawi, where it now flourishes alongside smallholder agriculture. It examines the linkages between subsistence agriculture and ASM, sharing perspectives from miners themselves on the contribution of both sectors to their livelihoods. Because of its potential to alleviate poverty in the country, a supported ASM sector must receive greater policy focus in Malawi. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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