Promoting Trans disciplinary Research and Action in Sustainable Management of Agrobiodiversity

We Are MSSRF Family

Community Agrobiodiversity Centre (CAbC) was established in 1997 at Wayanad district of Kerala, as one of the regional centres of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai, India. The Centre was established to promote community conservation systems of rural and tribal people through research, extension and advocacy. Centre works in partnership with rural and farming communities for sustainable agricultural and rural development. The activities are designed in such a way that promotes a pro-nature, pro-poor, pro-woman and a pro-livelihood orientation to technology development and dissemination.

Our Intervention Areas

Children and poor people are at high risk of severe malnutrition & no education

Conservation and Enhancement

Conservation and Enhancement

This activity area focuses mainly on Conservation, Enhancement and Sustainable Utilization of Biodiversity of socio-economic and ecological importance

Education, Communication & Training

Education, Communication & Training

Education, Communication & Training (ECT) in the area of biodiversity management and sustainable agriculture.

Livelihoods and Food Security

Livelihoods and Food Security

This activity area aims to empower local communities to sustainably utilise the agro-biodiversity.

What’s Happening


Ongoing Projects

Story from the field

Experimenting SRI in Traditional Rice Varieties

Rice is the staple food for more than half of the world’s population living in developing countries. There are innumerable varieties of rice cultivated in the world.Most of the traditional landraces are under threat of extinction due to climate change, change in land use, invasion of released varieties and so on.