The small and marginal farmers traditionally involved in low-input rain-fed farming producing pulses, chillies, coriander, rice and millets, are organised into Farmer Producer Organisations., and networked into Kalasam Sacred Foods, a public limited company and Aharam, a collective entity of Farmer’s producer organisations.
Began in 1995, the women empowerment programme of CCD organises the women from agrarian villages into Kalasam Self-Help Groups and promotes Mahakalasm Federation to work on financial inclusion, leadership development, health and nutrition.
The Maha Kalasam Women Federations and Farmer Producer Organisations
are becoming holistic development organisations. They design and implement integrated community health programme focusing on child and adolescent health and nutrition improvement.
In order to make learning joyful for the children from poor families living in villages and slums, CCD promotes Learning Resource Centres to bridge the gaps in the mainstream educational delivery system through child friendly remedial education in addition to imparting vocational and life-skills
Since 1992, CCD has been engaged actively in revitalizing local health traditions, documenting and validating herbal remedies of traditional healers (Naattu Vaidhyars), promoting kitchen herbal gardens for reviving the age-old home remedies, establishing Herba-Ayush Wellness Centres with Registered Ayush Practitioners.
Medicinal Plants Conservation Park and an Ethno Medicinal Forest established in 1996, spread over 45 acres near Madurai is transformed into Vaigai Flora Botanical Garden, a Regional Repository of Bio-Resources, with over 800 species of medicinal herbs, shrubs and trees benefiting traditional healers, indigenous medicinal plant gatherers, scientific communities from Botany, Pharmacy and Medicine.