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TCI Alumna Joins Faculty at Azim Premji University

Less than a year after earning her doctorate in applied economics and management at Cornell University, TCI alumna Shiuli Vanaja is now an assistant professor of economics at the Azim Premji University in Bangalore, India.

Increased Agricultural Work Worsens Women’s Nutrition

TCI researchers say that programs aimed at improving nutritional outcomes in rural India must account for how the time constraints imposed on women by domestic and agricultural work affect their nutritional status.

Project Aims to Curb Farm Waste Burning

TCI’s Farm Waste to Furniture Project aims to curtail the environmentally damaging practice of rice straw burning by using the straw to create green construction materials.

New Study Shows Cost of EAT-Lancet Diet in India

The least-expensive healthy diet recommended by the EAT-Lancet Commission costs up to five times as much as what Indians currently spend, according to new research from TCI.

Series of Op-Eds Tackle Sanitation in India

In a series of op-eds, TCI consultant Payal Seth offered insights into the state of sanitation in India, with an emphasis on open defecation and municipal waste.

TCI Calls Attention to Rising Obesity in India

Tackling the obesity crises in urban and rural India will require a push for healthier behaviors anchored by policy changes designed to improve access to diverse, nutritious foods, say researchers at TCI.

TCI Op-Ed Stresses Importance of Farmer Producer Organizations

Strong farmer producer organizations are necessary if India’s small farmers are to take full advantage of a new set of laws liberalizing the country’s agricultural markets, TCI Director Prabhu Pingali and Assistant Director Mathew Abraham write in The Times of India.

New TCI Study Identifies Household Risk Factors for Mycotoxins

When stored in tradition burlap sacks, groundnuts can be contaminated with mycotoxins. (Photo by Anthony Wenndt/TCI)

A new study co-authored by researchers at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) identifies household risk factors for exposure to mycotoxins—harmful chemicals produced by …

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TCI Director Named Chair of ICRISAT Governing Board

TCI Director Prabhu Pingali was named chair of the governing board of ICRISAT.

Prabhu Pingali, director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), has been named chair of the governing board of the …

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TCI Welcomes Five New Scholars

Clockwise from top left: Kiera Crowley, Chanchal Pramanik, Shivranjani Baruah, Shree Saha, and Sonali Uppal joined TCI at the start of the fall 2020 semester.

Five new scholars joined the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and …

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Five TCI Scholars Earn PhDs

Cornell University graduates gather at the 2019 recognition ceremony for December graduates. (Photo by Lindsay France/UREL)

Five scholars from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) completed their PhDs over the past few months, despite restrictions …

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TCI Alumnus Expands Research After Graduating

Naveen Sunder, who graduated from Cornell University with his PhD in economics in May 2019, didn’t join the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition until midway through his graduate studies, but nearly a year after graduating, he is still contributing to TCI’s research work. Now an assistant professor of economics at Bentley University, Sunder has …

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TCI Graduate Is Making Her Mark

Just one year after graduating with her PhD in applied economics and management, Vidya Vemireddy is continuing her research at one of India’s top universities. Vemireddy is an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, where she teaches MBA- and PhD-level courses on food and agribusiness.

TCI Director Calls for Investment in Rural Economic Growth

Boosting rural economies by increasing the productivity of small-farms and expanding non-farm job opportunities can reduce the number of impoverished Indians who migrate from rural to urban areas in search of profitable employment after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new op-ed from Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) director Prabhu Pingali and International Crops Research Institute for …

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Yes, Women in India Are Consuming a Less Diverse Diet

Data collected by TCI researchers shows that Indian women eat less diverse diets than their households. (Photo by Evgeny Nelmin on Unsplash)

With nearly 55% of rural Indian women suffering from anemia and 30% considered to be underweight, it is no …

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TCI Launches FAN 2020 Report on Ending Hunger in India

Hundreds of people across the world tuned in to watch the launch of the Tata-Cornell Institute’s new report, Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in India 2020: Leveraging Agriculture to Achieve Zero Hunger, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.