FRIM Services Programme

This FRIM programme provides an increasingly important role with respect to working environment and management of FRIM resources, as well as providing the essential interface between research and technology transfer to stakeholders.

Library services

Access to relevant and up to-date information is essential for achievement of a sound socio-economic development. FRIM Library is a focal point for forestry science information in Malawi. Its mandate is to provide up to-date and timely forestry information to forestry research scientists and the public with interest in forestry and environmental sciences. FRIM subscribes to about 25 forest science journals and receives several regular free publications.

There is no regular budget for the purchase of books, but largely depends on donations from various donor agencies. FRIM is a beneficiary of the African-Caribbean Literature Service which facilitates access to published information for African and Caribbean research scientists. Through this FRIM scientists are able to request for relevant articles from the search profiles generated by CTA.

Considerable investment has been made in library facilities and training in information retrieval. The following computerised databases are available:

These  are frequently consulted by scientists, Forestry Department staff, students andlecturers from the University of Malawi and the public interested in any forestry or environmental data. The CDS/ISIS database currently holds more than 100 bibliographic records of FRIM. The Library is one of the input centres for the Agricultural Information Systems/Current Agricultural Research Information System (AGRIS/CARIS) database on research projects in grey literature form (unpublished) which is forwarded to FAO in Rome. Other databases are kept in the various sections at FRIM. For example the National Seed Centre now keeps a SISTEM+ database for business management purposes.

Information documentation and dissemination

Information documentation and distribution through extension and technology transfer plays a crucial role in promoting the application of research recommendations generated by research institutions. At FRIM, this programme emphasises the need for a close interactive relationship between research scientists and end-users in research and dissemination processes of the technologies. A variety of dissemination channels are used: List of FRIM Research Records appears in the National Gazette and FRIM reports are bound into annual series to facilitate easy access.

National Tree Seed Centre

The National Tree Seed Centre (NTSC) is responsible for supplying improved tree seed of various species for all types of tree planting activities in Malawi. Seed is collected from selected single trees, seed orchards or seed stands. Modern equipment and facilities for seed handling, storage and testing in accordance with ISTA regulations are available. The SISTEM+ database has been introduced and is an excellent tool for management of the NTSC as a business entity. An annual seed catalogue is produced for free distribution to customers. The NTSC conducts national and international courses in seed aspects as well as the management of the SYTEM+ database.

Laboratory services

Laboratory services provide an efficient level of service and support for the analytical requirements of all the research programmes at FRIM. In addition, analytical services are provided to collaborating institutions and other patrons on a cost recoverable basis. The following major services are provided: An insect museum is also available for examination of specimens as may be required.

Consultancy services

FRIM has enormous expertise and facilities to undertake consultancies in a wide range of aspects pertaining to natural resource management. The Institute has particular strength in: Both short term and long term consultancy assignments are undertaken at competitive market rates.Contact The Chief Forestry Research Officer with address on the  FRIM page for more details.

Training opportunities

FRIM offers several short courses in all forestry aspects as may be required by clients. The courses have been a useful channel for disseminating research results and findings by other actors in forestry development. Short courses are offered in the following aspects: The courses are offered at all levels up to the grassroots. Contact The Chief Forestry Research Officer with address on the FRIM for more details.
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