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porträtt Ol Hall

Ola Hall

Head of Department, Senior Lecturer

porträtt Ol Hall

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


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

Publishing year







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

Document type

Conference paper


  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography