Community Development Centre (CDC)

Sri Lanka's Community Development Centre (CDC) has worked to improve rural livelihoods through conservation of indigenous tuber varieties using seed banks managed by women-led self-help groups. Local technologies are used for seed production, with training on in-situ conservation of native varieties on individual land parcels. These self-help cooperatives are organized into federations of around five or six groups, each of which maintains a revolving credit fund to stimulate livelihoods diversification.

CDC has provided more than 300 families with an alternative income source and a viable food security solution. Monthly net profits from yam sales are roughly 5,000 Sri Lankan rupees per family, an improvement from 3,000 Sri Lankan rupees before the project began. Many farmers have also expanded into value-added secondary processing, and the production and sale of yam chips, yam sweets, and roti.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2008

Founded: 1994

Location: Sabaragamuwa province

Beneficiaries: Direct benefit for over 300 families

Biodiversity: 60 indigenous varieties of roots and tubers


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Contact Information

Ms.Damayanthi Godamulla, Executive Director
Sri Lanka Community Development Centre
Kalwana, Kanda uda
Aranayake, Sabaragamuwa
Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 60 2352715 /  +94 77 7944018
Fax: +94 60 2352715


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