Positive News For African Gold Miners

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The Fairtrade Foundation says that thanks to a grant of over £800k from Comic Relief, the Fairtrade Foundation will be partnering with Fairtrade Africa, the Alliance for Responsible Mining and Solidaridad over the next three years to develop gold supplies from artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) in Africa.

Gold mining in Africa still often involves unsafe use of mercury, deforestation, poor working conditions and child labour. The new programme will work with eight mining groups in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to develop their technical skills and improve hazardous working conditions. As part of the training programme, a focus will be made on eliminating child labour.

All this means that gold mined by impoverished African ASM miners can be sold to international markets through transparent supply chains, giving a more varied supply base for jewellery manufacturers. More information on the timings involved will follow.

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