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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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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.

Call for Applications: TCI Summer Internship

We are pleased to offer funding for a 6-8 week student internship program in India during the Summer of 2018. Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis. Interns will contribute to the ongoing research projects developed by TCI in conjunction with our flagship project TARINA. Placements may also be available with one of …

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Publication in Food Security by Gupta, Pingali & Pinstrup-Andersen

Check out our newest publication, “Women’s Empowerment in Indian Agriculture: Does Market Orientation of Farming Systems Matter?” in the journal Food Security. This paper studies the relationship between the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) and market orientation of farm production in India. This is the first time that the WEAI has been used in …

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Mary-Catherine French recognized with CALS Core Value Staff Award

Mary-Catherine (M.C.) French – a true MVP at TCI – earned the Core Value Staff Award for Stewardship at the CALS Research, Extension and Staff Award ceremony. She was nominated by her colleagues for the extraordinary dedication and critical support that she provides to TCI staff, faculty fellows and student scholars. Congratulations M.C.! Learn more.

Chats in the Stacks features our newest book

On Thursday, November 2, Mann Library hosted a Chats in the Stacks talk with Prabhu Pingali, TCI Director and editor of the new book Agriculture and Rural Development in a Globalizing World (1st Edition/Routledge, May 2017). He discussed the multi-faceted nature of agriculture and rural development and the greatest challenges facing the developing world. As societies adapt …

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Sustainable Flour Fortification Initiative celebrates first anniversary

The Sustainable Flour Fortification Initiative – branded as “SFurtI”– focuses on providing affrodable and convenient solutions to micronutrient deficiencies for tribal communities of Gujarat. Launched one year ago, SFurtI uses market-based approaches to distribute sachets of micronutrient powder which can satisfy the nutritional needs of households and address hidden hunger in these communities. …

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