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Malawi-FGLG: Timber value chain analysis for the Viphya Plantations

This report summarises an independent investigation by Malawi’s Forest Governance Learning Group (FGLG) into the timber value chain of small and medium forest operators producing sawn timber from the Viphya plantations. The Viphya plantations are the largest single unit of forest plantations controlled by the Malawi Department of Forestry.

Through an economic assessment of costs incurred and sales income of pit sawyers and saw millers, this report shows who is and isn't benefitting from the plantations and examines some of the root causes. It concludes with recommendations for the Government of Malawi, to encourage a closer balance of harvesting and replanting, and value addition within Malawi to benefit small and medium forest operators.

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  • IIED code: G03138
  • Published: Jul 2009 - IIED
  • Area: Malawi
  • Theme: Forests
  • Language: English

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The Forest Governance Learning Group aims to connect forest-dependent people who are marginalised from forest governance with those who control it.

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