How Agriculture Helps Post-Mine Environments
Agriculture helps post-mine environments in many ways. Contamination and erosion are common side-effects of mining activity resulting in large tailing sites. Through eco-system rehabilitation and careful choices of nitrogen-fixing plants, agriculture can start to convert these areas into productive assets whilst creating jobs, improving environmental conditions and restoring soil carbon stocks.
We design agribusiness alongside mining, guided by the objective of each mining company, here are three examples of how we work with mining companies:
Agriculture as a catalyst to restore environmental & socio-economic balance
The environmental impacts of mining are well documented, and range from loss of biodiversity, deforestation, to serious contamination of soil and water, which in turn impacts on the health of local populations. Mining companies are some of the biggest landowners in Africa, and as such have a unique opportunity to develop real agricultural strategies for post mine situations, except that this is not their core business. The skills needed to manage serious mineral extraction are not necessarily well matched to the parallel activities demanded of mining companies in carrying out their environmental and social obligations. Agriculture can act as the catalyst to restore both the environmental and socio-economic balance of a community dependant on mining, but also act as a bridge to enhance relations with local government.