Sustainable Forest Industries Limited
of Fiji

Genuine Big Leaf Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) from the well managed plantations of Fiji


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SFI, Ltd.
PO Box 1119
Nabua, Fiji Islands

About Fiji


Fiji lies south of the equator in the western Pacific, about 3,100km northeast of Sydney and 2,100km north of Auckland.  A volcanic archipelago consisting of about 320 islands , it has a total area of 18,376km2. 

The country has a tropical marine climate without extremes of temperature or humidity. Topography divides the main islands into wetter and drier zones, the wetter south and western sides of both Viti Levu and Vanua Levu attracting significantly more rain (around 3,000mm annually) than the north and west. 

Temperatures average 22 C between May and October, rising by some 10 C between December and April when the heaviest rains occur. 

The two largest islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, cover nearly 16,000km2 of this and host the majority of the country's 803,000 population.  The Mahogany plantations are primarily on Viti Levu and the three primary processing facilities owned by SFI are located there.

Indigenous Fijians are a mixture of Polynesian and Melanesian, resulting from the original migrations to the South Pacific many centuries ago. The Indo-Fijian population has grown rapidly from the 60,000 indentured laborers brought from India between 1879 and 1916 to work in the sugarcane fields. Nearly all of the indigenous Fijians are Christian, with more than three-quarters being Methodist. About 80% of the Indo-Fijians are Hindu, 15% are Muslim, and the rest mostly Sikh, with a few Christians.

Indigenous Fijian communities are very closely identified with their land.  Through the system of clan collective ownership, indigenous Fijians own over 80% of the land in the country.  A system of land leases allow for Indo-Fijians to rent land for sugar cane crops or resorts to lease land for the hotels.  

The Mahogany plantations are controlled by various clan groups and working with these landowners is key to a successful development of the resource.  

SFI, Ltd.
PO Box 1119
Nabua, Fiji Islands
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