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

Speaking their language:

How school dropouts of tribal communities reduced in Wayanad’s Paniya community

The pedagogical methods adopted including hands on training, learning from nature,project works, interaction with farmers and local community to learn about the nature, class room lectures, field visits, observation, documentation and communication. They will also be exposedto extra-curricular activities (sports and arts). Apart from educational experts, community teachers will also be engaged in tuning students. Community teachers will ensure that students are attending schools regularly and performing well in studies.