Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI)




Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI) was established by Act No. 5 of 1980. Its history dates back to 1893 when the Germans established a 2.5 ha tree nursery near Dar es Salaam . The nursery tested over 270 species for tropical plantations, ornamental and other trees. There after, a Biological Agricultural Research Station was established at Amani in 1902 to undertake systematic test of indigenous (Juniper and Podo) and exotic ( Cypress , Eucalypts, Teak and Black Wattle) tree species. A number of tree species tested, currently constitute major plantation tree species in Tanzania . During the British Colonial government in 1928 the Biological Agricultural Research Station in Amani was renamed to East African Agricultural Research Station and was subsequently shifted from Amani to Muguga in 1948 to form the East African Agricultural and Forestry Research Organisation (EAAFRO). In the early 1950s the then Tanganyika Government established Silvicultural and Utilisation Research Stations at Lushoto and Moshi respectively to cater for research problems specific to the country while EAAFRO concentrated on regional research needs. The collapse of the East African Community (EAC) an umbrella organisation embracing EAAFRO activities in 1977, led to the establishment of TAFORI in 1980.

The functions of TAFORI are as stipulated in Section 4 of Act No. 5 of 1980 establishing this Institute and are as follows:

  1. To promote the development, improvement and protection of the forestry industry;
  2. To carry out and promote the carrying out of enquiries, experiments and research and to collect or facilitate the collection of information for the purpose of promoting forestry and teaching of forestry;
  3. To carry out, and promote the carrying out of experiments and research relating to the planting, growth, development, conservation and use of local and foreign trees and evaluate their suitability for adaptation and alternative use in the wood and other industries in the United Republic;
  4. To carry out research and investigation into the causes, and the ways of controlling and preventing the occurrence in the United Republic of particular diseases or a category of them;
  5. To co-ordinate research in forestry carried out within the United Republic ;
  6. To establish and operate a system of documentation and dissemination of the results of inquiries, experiments and research carried out by or on behalf of the Institute, or other information on forestry acquired by the Institute;
  7. To advise the Government, public institutions and other persons or bodies of persons on the practical application of the results of inquiries, experiments and researches carried out by or on behalf of the Institute;
  8. To advise the Government, public institutions and other persons or bodies of persons on the application of modern techniques suitable for the development of forests for the purposes of conserving or improving the natural beauty and amenity of the town and the countryside, and the conservation of soil, fauna and flora;
  9. In co-operation with the government or any person or body or persons, to promote, or provide facilities for; the instruction and training of local personnel for carrying out research in forestry, and for the management of forests;
  10. To prepare, implement, control and supervise programmes relating to the development of forestry;
  11. To undertake the collection, preparation, publication and distribution of statistics relating to forestry, and promote and develop instruction and training in forestry;
  12. To provide assistance, consultancy and other services for the development of forestry, including:
    • The establishment of nurseries and demonstration forest plots in such areas as the Board may determine;
    • The supervision of the cultivation of certain forest trees and the harvesting and processing of their products;
    • The provision of such advice and services as may be needed by forest developers and conservators;
  13. To undertake the management or supervision, upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon, or give assistance or advice in relation to the planting and management, of any woods or forests belonging to any person or body of persons;
  14. To purchase or acquire standing timber, and sell or dispose of any timber belonging to the Institute or, subject to such terms as may be mutually agreed, to a private owner, and generally promote the supply, sale, utilization and conversion of timber;
  15. To advise, co-operate and assist the Government, public institutions and other persons or bodies of persons in the establishment, carrying on and development of wood industries;
  16. To control and manage the affairs of Centres vested in the Institute by section 5;
  17. To assume responsibility for the control and management of any Centres which may be established by or vested in the Institute under section 5 or any other;
  18. To do all such acts and things as, in the opinion of the Board may be necessary to uphold and support the credit of the Institute, to obtain and justify public confidence, and to avert or minimize loss to the Institute; and
  19. To do any thing or enter into any transaction which, in the opinion of the Board, is calculated to facilitate the proper exercise of the functions of the Institute under this Act.

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To conduct, coordinate and regulate forestry research, disseminate scientific information and technologies for sustainable development of forest and allied natural resources.


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