Your browser has javascript turned off or blocked. This will lead to some parts of our website to not work properly or at all. Turn on javascript for best performance.

The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-ie-support).

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

Ola

Ola Hall

Senior Lecturer, Head of Department

Ola

Does Large-Scale Gold Mining Reduce Agricultural Growth? : Case studies from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Tanzania

Author

  • Magnus Andersson
  • Ola Hall
  • Niklas Boke-Olén
  • Anja Tolonen

Summary, in English

We apply a novel analytical framework based on medium resolution satellite data for the period 2001 – 2012 to estimate the effects of gold mining on agricultural production in Ghana, Mali, Tanzania and Burkina Faso. Our analysis finds a strong correlation between official statistics of agricultural production and vegetation index from satellite data at district level in these countries. Agricultural productivity as proxied by greenness index (NDVI) does not decrease in the proximity of large scale gold mines. Our empirical estimations show that economic activity as proxied by night lights, increase in the proximity of mining but the estimates remains statistically insignificant.

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography
  • Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

1-27

Publication/Series

Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2015 : Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity

Document type

Conference paper

Topic

  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography

Status

Published