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Morocco’s mining sector is best known for phosphate. The country is home to approximately 77% of the world’s known reserves. Beyond phosphate, Morocco is also recognized for its global output shares of arsenic (16%), barite (10%), cobalt (2%), and fluorspar (1%). Of these, barite is the only mineral which has a considerable portion derived from ASM, said to account for 90% of the country’s production. Traditionally, ASM activities also exploit small amounts of lead and zinc, while more recently the southern part of the country has witnessed a growth in small-scale gold mining.

Read more in the State of the Sector 2019 Country Profile: Morocco


Number of People
Working in ASM


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Production Weight (USD) by Mineral

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ASM vs. LSM Production of Barite (2013)

Production of barite for 2013 based on published data sources. Notably, ASM accounted for 36% of total barite production in Morocco in 2013. Total barite production in Morocco in 2013: 1,095 tonnes .

Data Source: Perks 2019, MEMSD 2014

MEMSD 2014: Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, 2014. Online.


The data presented in this Version 1 of the Delve platform are from secondary sources and reflect data availability on the ASM sector. All data, countries and minerals are not yet represented. Data will be added on an ongoing basis as the global data gap on ASM continues to be filled. Visualizations created with under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-NonCommercial license.

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