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Contribution of smallholder farmers to forest raw materials base in Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author HAWKES, M.D
dc.contributor.author SUMARI, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-29T07:53:56Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-29T07:53:56Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3792
dc.description.abstract Tanzania’s forest sector has unrealized opportunities of contributing to socio-economic development and carbon sequestration. Collectively, smallholder tree growers are becoming the most significant suppliers to the industry. This paper provides a concise account of investment opportunities in the Tanzanian forestry sector. It analyses demand, assesses supply, considers industrial capacity and infrastructure. It identifies six potential forestry clusters and discusses investment opportunities. Mafinga cluster holds massive but dispersed private smallholder plantation resources, in addition to significant plantation areas under the government and large companies. There is an opportunity for the establishment of 30,000 ha more of eucalyptus plantations for veneer production. In addition, investments in the utility pole treatment, eucalyptus sawmilling, charcoal production, and eucalyptus veneer making will be viable. Njombe cluster also holds massive but dispersed private smallholder plantation resources, in addition to significant company plantations. There is an opportunity for investment in 263,000 m3 per year in pine sawmilling capacity, in addition to smaller investments in utility pole treatment, veneer production, and charcoal production, among others. The dispersed nature and small scale of most individual smallholder plantations, poor road access and limited electrification are the challenges limiting utilisation of smallholder resources. Infrastructure is however improving, and in the meantime, there are opportunities of building sustainable local processing enterprises in vertical integration with nearby tree growers. The future of the sector will largely depend on how smallholders are nurtured en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI) and Tanzania Forest Fund (TaFF) en_US
dc.subject Smallholder Tree Growers en_US
dc.subject Forest Raw Materials en_US
dc.subject Demand and Supply en_US
dc.title Contribution of smallholder farmers to forest raw materials base in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Conferencce Proceedings en_US


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