The Forestry Research Institute of Malawi (FRIM) is the research branch of the Department of Forestry. The institute was established as a Silvicultural Research Station in Dedza in 1957 under the then, Agricultural Research Council of Central Africa initially to conduct basic research on the management of forest plantations to support afforestation programs of the government. The Council undertook forestry research and development with emphasis on softwood and hardwood species for timber production. The Council was disbanded in 1967 and the Silvicultural Research Branch and the Wood Products Research Unit joined to form the Malawi Forestry Research Institute, which was changed to Forestry Research Institute of Malawi (FRIM) in 1969.
The Institute headquarters was moved to the present premises in Zomba in 1975.(Silvicultural Research Station).
FRIM’s operations are organized following a programme-based structure. This approach enables a more focused response to problem-oriented research, particularly research designed to address key issues of poverty alleviation, sustainable resource use and environmental conservation. All research programs fit within one or more of the following well defined strategic areas which is coordinated by a senior officer; Trees on Farm, Plantation, Seed and Tree Improvement and Indigenous Woodland Management.
Forestry Research Institute of Malawi was established in 1957 in Dedza as a Silvicultural Research Station under the then Agricultural Research