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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) in New Delhi. It will be held on January 31, 2019 in New Delhi. Learn more below.

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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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Roundtable: budgeting for food in India’s Budget 2018

Jointly organized by National Institute of Public Finance & Policy and TCI, this roundtable discussion “Towards budgeting for a diversified food system for improved nutritional outcomes: perspectives and opportunities” was held In New Delhi on February 20th, 2018. Video of remarks by Prabhu Pingali entitled “From Food to Nutrition Security: the Evolution of Food …

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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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Annual Celebration Event on Friday, December 8th

Join us for our year-end celebration as we reflect on the activities and accomplishments of 2017 and launch this year’s annual report. 401 Warren Hall | 3:30-5:00 p.m. | Reception to Follow

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 …

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Farm to Table Talk Podcast

Prabhu Pingali (TCI Director) and Maureen Valentine (Tata-Cornell Scholar) appear on the Farm to Table Talk Podcast to discuss the changing food system in India.

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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New food policies could take the bite out of India’s malnutrition

This article in the Cornell Chronicle summarizes Tata-Cornell’s recommendations for food policy priorities in India and highlights our latest publication “The bumpy road from nutrition to food security – slow evolution of India’s food policy.”

Publication in Global Food Security

Now available online, “The bumpy road from food to nutrition security – Slow evolution of India’s food policy” appears in the journal Global Food Security. The paper provides a detailed review of the evolution of food policy in India and a way forward in the transition towards nutrition security.

TCI featured at Perspectives in International Development Seminar

On Wednesday, March 22nd, TCI Director Prabhu Pingali presented “Promoting a More Nutritious Food System in India – Progress Report on the BMGF Grant to TCI.” This event occured on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. This seminar is co-sponsored by CIIFAD and the Soil and Crop Sciences Section of SIPS, the Department of Natural Resources, …

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TCI Director speaks at Vatican Academy of Sciences

Prof. Prabhu Pingali, Director of TCI traveled to Vatican City to participate in a workshop on “Biological Extinction” organized by the Vatican Academy of Sciences from February 27 to March 1, 2017. He presented his paper on “The Green Revolution and Crop Biodiversity”.

Publication alert: Getting to zero hunger: learning from the MDGs for the SDGs

By Prabhu Pingali, Megan Witwer, & Mathew Abraham. This chapter appears in International Society and Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 175–202), edited by P. D. Y. Lalaguna, C. M. D. Barrado, & C. R. F. Liesa. Pamplona, Spain: Thomson Reuters Aranzadi.(2016). Learn more about the book and its launch.

TCI-TARINA holds workshop on M&E systems for organizational effectiveness

On February 24, 2017, TCI-TARINA hosted a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) strategy workshop in New Delhi. Dr. Mark Constas (TCI Fellow) and Dr. Prabhu Pingali (TCI Director), both of whom are Professors of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, led the workshop titled “M&E Systems for Organizational Effectiveness: Why Organizations Should Care and Strategies for Engagement.” Dr. Constas and …

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