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Book Launch Event at IFPRI

The launch of “Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India” reviews the findings and discusses the interventions needed to promote a nutrition-sensitive food system in India. Watch a recording of the event on YouTube.

The event was held in Washington, D.C. at the International Food Policy and Research Institute on June 6, 2019.

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Op-Ed appears in Dainik Jagran

Dainik Jagran is India’s leading Hindi language newspaper with a readership of 60 million. This op-ed on zero hunger in India is by Prof. Prabhu Pingali. Discussing the need for policy shifts to achieve SDG2, he explains how the availability of diversified food at the local level and affordability of these diets among households is …

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Op-Ed appears in The Economic Times

In the op-ed  “We’ll Be What We Eat,” Prof. Prabhu Pingali discusses what India will need to do to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) of ‘Zero Hunger’ by 2030.

To meet SDG2, India needs to reduce the number of its hungry by at least 200 million. Beyond access to sufficient food, …

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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. 

This story originally appeared in the Cornell Chronicle. 

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‘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.

Review the transcript below.  Listen to the …

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TCI hosts ZEF researcher for seminar on food consumption choices

Till Ludwig is a Research Fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn, Germany. His research focuses on research focus on behavioral economics, consumer choices and poverty studies in India, He presented on, “The Effect of Individual Preferences on Food and Nutrition Security: Evidence of How Risk Preference and Altruism …

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Seminar in International Nutrition presented by TCI and DNS

The Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) and the Tata-Cornell Institute(TCI) co-hosted a seminar featuring Dr. John McDermott, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), led by IFPRI. The speaker presented on, “Improving nutrition and health through agriculture: What have we learned? What’s next?”

A lunchtime Q&A was organized immediately following …

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Policies for Sustainable Food Systems

In a new book published by FAO and Elsevier, Dr. Prabhu Pingali writes on the public policies necessary to achieve sustainable food and agriculture systems.  See Chapter 45 in Sustainable Food and Agriculture: An Integrated Approach.

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Chapter Abstract

Over the past 50 years, agricultural growth has contributed to jumpstarting overall economic …

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New publication on soil health in Jharkhand

Appearing in the journal Applied Soil Ecology, this new publication “Soil health characterization in smallholder agricultural catchments in India” discusses findings from the Tata-Cornell Institute Soil Health Project in eastern India. By Phillip S.D. Frost, Harold M. van Es, David G. Rossiter, Peter R. Hobbs, and Prabhu L. Pingali

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Tata-Cornell speaks at IFPRI book launch in Washington, DC

Dr. Mathew Abraham, Assistant Director, joined distinguished speakers for the book launch event for “Agriculture for Improved Nutrition: Seizing the Momentum” held on Feb 28, 2019.  Watch the Recording.

In his comments, Dr. Abraham made the case for India to shift to a nutrition-focused agriculture sector, one that goes beyond staple grain productivity …

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TCI Summer Internship Applications Now Available

The Tata-Cornell Institute is actively recruiting graduate students for the 2019 Summer Internship Program.  This is a 6-8 week professional development and research-oriented opportunity for students interested in issues related to food policy, agriculture & nutrition, and rural development in India.

*** The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1, 2019. ***


Cornell first-year …

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Director Pingali named Outstanding Alumnus

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani recognizes Prof Prabhu Pingali with the Distinguished Alumnus Award 2018 for significant and outstanding contributions in Academia and Research. Dr. Pingali completed his M. A. (Hons.) in Economics BITS Pilani (Rajasthan) in 1977. Learn more about the award.

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Distinguished Lecture with Prof. Arvind Panagariya

The Tata-Cornell Institute Distinguished Lecture, featuring Prof. Arvind Panagariya, discusses major trends in India’s economic development since 1947.  Watch the video of the lecture “Indian Economy: Where From and Where To.”

The lecture was organized as a part of a series of events designed to mark five years of the Tata-Cornell Institute.

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New publication by Rao and Pingali appears in PLOS

In the new PLOS One article, “The role of agriculture in women’s nutrition: Empirical evidence from India,” authors Dr. Tanvi Rao (Cornell Dyson PhD ’17 & Tata-Cornell Scholar) and Dr. Prabhu Pingali (TCI Founding Director) provide empirical evidence that explicitly links agricultural output and incomes to rural women’s nutrition outcomes in India.

The pathway from agriculture to …

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Call for Papers: biofortification & value chains

Deadline update: Apply by October 31, 2018 to attend and present at an upcoming workshop, “Developing Biofortified Crops Value Chains for Nutritional Security in South Asia.”

This one-day workshop will explore innovative ways of developing biofortified food crop value chains. The event is organized by TCI, IFPRI-South Asia Office and the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) …

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Congratulations to our graduates

We are proud to celebrate the individuals graduating from the Tata-Cornell program: Maureen Valentine (PhD, Animal Science. TCI Scholar 2012-18) and Prankur Gupta (MS, AEM. TCI Scholar 2016-18).

Dr. Maureen Valentine graduated with her Ph.D. in Animal Science from Cornell University’s Department of Animal Science at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Prankur Gupta graduated with his …

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Tata-Cornell celebrates 5 years of fighting hunger in India

This Cornell Chronicle article describes TCI’s current projects and activities as well as the new exhibit designed to mark the occasion of the Institute’s fifth anniversary. Developed in collaboration with Mann Library, the exhibit  “Portraits in Progress: Confronting Indian Malnutrition through Field-based Research Under the Tata-Cornell Institute” will run through September 2018.

Portraits of Progress: Confronting Indian Malnutrition through Field-based Research under the Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI)

The opening reception for this new exhibit was on Thursday, May 3rd from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Mann Library, Second Floor Gallery. “Portraits of Progress” celebrates five years of the Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) and its focus on solving chronic malnutrition in India through action-oriented, multidisciplinary academic research and policy analysis. A collaboration between TCI and Mann …

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TARINA 2017 at a Glance

Tata-Cornell releases its TARINA 2017 at a Glance Report, which summarizes ongoing activities and progress achieved across thematic areas of our flagship project over the past year. Additional information about TCI and its research initiatives is available in the TCI 2017 Annual Report.