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TCI Director Pens Chapter on Green Revolution 2.0 and Biodiversity

Dr. Prabhu Pingali, director of the Tata-Cornell Institute, wrote a chapter in “Biological Extinction: New Perspectives,” a new book exploring how increasing human pressure on the biosphere is driving biodiversity into a new mass extinction event. Pingali’s chapter focuses on the …

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Dyson BusinessFeed: Anaka Aiyar honored with Postdoctoral Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership

Anaka Aiyar, a postdoctoral associate with the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, was honored by Cornell University’s Office of Postdoctoral Studies with the 2019 Postdoctoral Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership. Learn more about this award on the Dyson BusisnessFeed.

Aiyar recognized for excellence in leadership through Postdoc Achievement Award

Anaka Aiyar, postdoctoral fellow at the Tata-Cornell Institute and the Dyson School, has been awarded the Postdoc Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership.  Awardees are nominated by letters from faculty, students, and colleagues and selected through a competitive review process facilitated by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies at Cornell University. Awards are announced …

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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 to answer a riddle that has stumped a generation of scholars and policymakers.

“This …

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‘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. This op-ed by TARINA Research Fellow Dr. Mamata Pradhan & IFPRI’s Devesh Roy appears in The Hindu BusinessLine, a leading national daily newspaper of India.

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 in EPW Vol. 54, Issue No. 26-27, on 29 June 2019.

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Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation Workshop presented by ILR, GRAAM and TCI

This thirteen-day PA & PE workshop will draw on the academic expertise of Cornell University as well as the large research network of GRAAM to provide participants with practical guidance for understanding Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation.This immersive workshop is intended to build capacity in the process and methods of program evaluation and evidence-based policy making.

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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.

Chapter Abstract

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

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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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Book Talk: Agriculture & Food Systems to 2050

Join Prof. Prabhu Pingali for a discussion on Agriculture & Food Systems to 2050 based on the new book (for which he is co-editor). Friday, November 16, 2018, 4-5:30 pm, Mann Library, Room 102. Reception to follow.

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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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