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Artisanal mining

Artisanal and Small-scale mining (ASM) refers to informal mining activities carried out using low technology or with minimal machinery. It is estimated that more than 100 million people rely on this sector for income, mainly in developing nations.(Source: miningfacts)
Artisanal and small-scale [gold] mining, refers to [gold] mining conducted by individual miners or small enterprises with limited capital investment and production (based on Minamata Convention)