ASM Countries Profile
Despite the consensus (in previous reports) about the proposed number of ASM being around 6.1 Millions in Africa31, very few countries, if any, have conducted a general census on ASM. The CASM, 2009 ASM figures were based on reports from the focal points in different countries and from there, these numbers have been assumed as the country numbers and have been repeated in several studies. At that time, it was estimated that at least 5% of the African population depended on ASM. The present study has mapped over 10 million people in 16 countries are involved in ASM. Without dwelling on the precision of the estimates, it is important to realize that the sector is quite important, especially for sub Saharan countries.