Since 2014, Ajayi has been researching the nexus between artisanal gold mining and agriculture. Since 2016, the issue of artisanal mining in Nigeria spiralled to become a security issue that was also threatening the social fabric of communities where these issues were taking place. Therefore they decided to narrow it down and then look at it in context. In Itagunmodi, migrants from the north of the country came for the jobs, displacing the original members of the community.
As tensions rose in Itagunmodi, the SFA Nigerian hub spoke with various concerned parties including policy makers (both governmental and traditional institutions).
By proving empirical evidence of the issues, they hub has an influence on policy and are part of the team looking for solutions. Continue reading Impact Story from Nigeria: Policymakers engagement on Artisanal Gold Mining