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Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Author: Soumya Gupta

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Notes From the Field: Giving Back to the People You Study

For my doctoral dissertation, I ventured into the field to explore the role that women’s empowerment in agriculture can play in determining their iron status. In addition to collection of survey data on agriculture, empowerment, and other socioeconomic variables, blood…

Did the COVID-19 Lockdown Reverse the Nutritional Gains in Children? Evidence from Rural India

Abstract To address the missing link that goes beyond the changes in dietary consumption and food expenditures to assess the impact of the pandemic on child undernutrition, specifically anthropometric outcomes, this paper uses primary panel data (pre- and post-COVID-19) from rural India within a child-fixed...
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Leveraging Men’s Education as an Effective Pathway for Improving Diet Quality: Evidence from Rural India

Abstract Investing in nutrition-sensitive sectors such as education can be an effective strategy for combatting malnutrition. In this paper, we analyze the role that men’s education plays in determining dietary diversity outcomes using primary data from 3600 households across four districts of India. Dietary diversity...
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Bihar

Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Bihar: Getting to Zero Hunger

TCI’s 2022 report on Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Bihar (FAN-Bihar) provides a detailed reassessment of the food system approach for achieving the 2nd Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2) — zero hunger by 2030 — in Bihar. The report emphasizes the high rates of malnutrition in...

Guidelines for Assessing Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture

TCI-TARINA Training Manual No. 2, September 2016

TARINA District Fact Sheet on Maternal and Child Health

TCI-TARINA District Fact Sheet No. 2, May 2018

TARINA District Fact Sheet on Dietary Diversity

TCI-TARINA District Fact Sheet No. 1, May 2018

COVID-19 and Women’s Nutrition Security: Panel Data Evidence from Rural India

Abstract In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, India implemented a stringent nationwide lockdown. Although food value chains and allied activities were exempted from the lockdown, there were widespread disruptions in food access and availability. Using two-panel datasets, we distinguish the pandemic’s impact on non-staples versus...
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Three Essays On Agriculture – Nutrition Linkages: Women’s Iron Status and Empowerment In Agriculture In Chandrapur, India

Cornell University, 2016 Abstract: Agriculture based approaches are increasingly being propagated for tackling micronutrient malnutrition. Women constitute 30% of the agricultural labor force in India. However very little research has systematically examined the connection between farming systems and the status of women, that is their level...