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‘Everyone now is concentrating on the mining’: drivers and implications of rural economic transition in the Eastern Region of Ghana

Hilson, G. and Garforth, C. (2013) ‘Everyone now is concentrating on the mining’: drivers and implications of rural economic transition in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Journal of Development Studies, 49 (3). pp. 348-364. ISSN 0022-0388

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2012.713469

Abstract/Summary

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is replacing smallholder farming as the principal income source in parts of rural Ghana. Structural adjustment policies have removed support for the country’s smallholders, devalued their produce substantially and stiffened competition with large-scale counterparts. Over one million people nationwide are now engaged in ASM. Findings from qualitative research in Ghana’s Eastern Region are drawn upon to improve understanding of the factors driving this pattern of rural livelihood diversification. The ASM sector and farming are shown to be complementary, contrary to common depictions in policy and academic literature.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Livelihoods Research
ID Code:28491
Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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