Sustainable timber production

The project aims to generate enough revenue to cover the production costs/sale of FSC certified sawn timber, as well as the social needs (water, health, education) of the population in five villages (10,000 inhabitants) in the Kilwa district, in the southeast of the country. They currently sell certified tree trunks at a much lower price than sawn timber. A portable sawmill will be shared between the five villages and 100 elected community members trained in the production, certification process and sale of sawn timber. 50% of the revenues will be used for social needs.

Founded in 2004 in Tanzania, MCDI (Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative) aims to advance forest conservation and community development, in order to enable communities to sustainably use their forest resources.



Community Development / Environment


April 2017 - March 2020


Kilwa District / Tanzania

With whom

Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI)



57.3 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 920/year

Poverty rate *
28% (2011)

Literacy rate
78% (2016)

Human Development Index
154TH OUT OF 189 COUNTRIES (2018)

Tanzania has experienced high and relatively stable growth rates over the past decade. At the same time, Tanzania is lagging in primary school completion, maternal health, poverty eradication, malnutrition and environmental sustainability. While the poverty rate has recently declined, the absolute number of the poor has not changed due to the fast pace of population growth (3% per annum). It has made little progress towards reducing extreme hunger and malnutrition, particularly in rural areas. However, scrapping contributions for primary and secondary school has drastically increased primary school enrolment.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.