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The Economic Impact of Unsafe Drinking Water

In this blog post, TCI scholar Shiuli Vanaja discusses her research on how access to clean water at home affects women’s productivity and use of time. Many people don’t give their drinking water a second thought. They simply turn on a tap or open a bottle. Yet, 29% of the gl… Read more

Aquaculture and fish-focused internship yield net gains

Summer internships offer students experiential learning opportunities “that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion.” The Tata-Corne… Read more

For Prabhu Pingali, India’s malnutrition puzzle is personal

It has been a long journey for Prabhu Pingali. After more than 40 years studying agriculture and food systems across the developing world, the founder of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition is now focusing full time on his native India, trying t… Read more

‘One Nation One Ration Card’ can transform lives in India

Recently launched, One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) will enable better accessibility of the Public Distribution System in India. It will enable migrants to seamlessly access their entitlement, helping those discriminated against at one fair price shop (FPS) swi… Read more

Promoting equitable growth for 2050

As of 2018, India has become the sixth largest economy in the world displacing France from this position and nearly tying with the United Kingdom. While there is cause to celebrate, there are two major concerns about India’s growth experience. The first has been a well d… Read more

Exploring the Markers of Differential Access to PDS

For the public distribution system in India, there are differential pathways of access as well as differences in quantities and prices, and quality of grains and services. This commentary, by Mamata Pradhan and Devesh Roy, appears in Economic and Political Weekly i… Read more

Op-Ed: We’ll Be What We Eat

With a five-fold increase in food grain production since 1947, India has moved away from its dependence on food aid to become a net food exporter. However, the country still shares a quarter of the global hunger burden. By 2011, India had been able to achieve the 2000 UN-s… Read more

Podcast shows how piped-in water changes lives

The latest episode of the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series, explains the impact of clean, piped-in water on women and girls in India. A recording and transcript of the podcast is available here.   This story originally appeared in the Cornell Chronicle.  Pho… Read more

‘Clean Water’ – a podcast episode on what makes us human

This is an episode from the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast’s fourth season, “What Does Water Mean for Us Humans?” from Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences. Prof. Prabhu Pingali explains the impact of clean, piped-in water on women and girls in India. Re… Read more

Antibiotic Resistance: Fighting a Multi-Headed Demon

The direct public health ramifications of antibiotic resistance are truly enormous, with estimated losses in hundreds of millions of lives and trillions of dollars, when accounting for prolonged illness, death, production losses and negative impacts on food secu… Read more

Collecting time use data: Accelerometers or survey methods?

How people spend their time can influence their health, nutrition, and income. However, accurately measuring time use can be very challenging. In this blog, Vidya S.R. Vemireddy, a PhD candidate in applied economics at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture an… Read more