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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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TCI-TARINA and the Institute of Food Security co-host seminar on India’s National Food Security Act

On February 3, 2017, TCI-TARINA and the Institute of Food Security (Food Corporation of India, FCI) jointly hosted a seminar in New Delhi titled the “National Food Security Act (NFSA) and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities.” The day-long seminar encouraged policy experts to view the NFSA through a food systems lens. Among the topics discussed were: diversification …

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Call for Applications: TCI Summer Internship

The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is pleased to offer funding for a 6-8 week student internship program in India during the Summer of 2017. 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 …

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Videos available from the TCI Annual Celebration

TCI hosts its year-end annual celebration to review the year’s accomplishments, present our latest research, and share a vision for the year ahead. We also launch our Annual Report. The event was held on Friday, December 9th, 2016. Watch complete video coverage of this year’s speakers.

TCI Annual Report 2016

We are delighted to share the 2016 Annual Report! This year featured an enormous amount of growth and development of our projects across India.  Most notably, our flagship project Technical Assistance for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA) began its first year of operations.  Read all about it!

TCI holds public policy panel discussion in New Delhi on food systems diversity to celebrate the inauguration of TARINA

A public policy panel discussion on “Promoting Diversity in Food Systems for Improved Nutrition Outcomes in India” was held in New Delhi on August 5th to celebrate the inauguration of the TARINA project. The debate was led by six distinguished speakers representing the government, academic and donor community. Deliberations focused on key challenges that constrain …

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Business Today interviews Dr. Pingali on Indian Food Policy

In this latest interview, TCI Director Dr. Prabhu Pingali talks with Business Today – a popular media outlet in India – to discuss agriculture policy and the food system as they relate to positive nutrition outcomes for India’s future.

BioVoice News: TARINA addresses need to enhance access to high quality and value food in India

From the BioVoice News Desk, “Leading experts from India and abroad gathered in New Delhi recently to deliberate on the important subject of agriculture diversity and its impact on the availability of nutrition to the masses.” This was TARINA’s inaugural public policy forum. Speakers included Dr. Prabhu Pingali (Director, Tata-Cornell Institute), Dr. Purvi Mehta (BMGF); …

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Joint Tata-Cornell – ICRISAT study shows food gender bias with female adolescents diet deficient despite households being diet sufficient

The study on understanding the existing patterns of intra household allocation of food and nutrition dynamics was conducted by four students from Cornell University as part of their seven-week TCI summer internship hosted by ICRISAT. Initial findings revealed that female adolescents were diet deficient despite households being diet sufficient, while male adolescents were diet sufficient …

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TARINA Food Systems Diagnostic Study undertaken in Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh

The TARINA Consortium carried out a Food Systems Diagnostic Study (FSDS) in targeted project locations from February through early March 2016. The broad goal of the FSDS was to understand the local food systems contexts in which TARINA will be implemented. Designed as a rapid assessment exercise, the FSDS supports efforts to refocus agricultural projects …

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The first TCI Distinguished Lecture features Dr. Hans Binswanger-Mkhize

Dr. Hans Binswanger gave the first TCI Distinguished Lecture on his forthcoming paper entitled The Impact of Urban Growth on Agricultural and Rural Non-Farm Income in Kenya. Dr. Binswanger is among the top ten Agricultural Economists in the World. This first TCI Distinguished Lecture is hosted in conjunction with the Cornell International Institute of Food, …

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International Nutrition Seminar given by Dr. Prabhu Pingali

The Program in International Nutrition (PIN) Seminar at Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences organizes a seminar series which meets throughout the academic year. On Thursday, April 14th, 2016, TCI Director Dr. Prabhu Pingali presents on “Promoting a more nutritious food system in India – the role of smallholder agriculture.” (12:20-1:10 p.m. in Savage Hall …

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TCI Team Continues to Grow

We are pleased to announce a new member of the Tata-Cornell team. Ms. Sandy Stickler is joining the TCI staff as an Administrative Assistant. We are glad to have you on board. Welcome to TCI!

ICRW interviews Dr. Soumya Gupta, Winner of the Inaugural Paula Kantor Award

On January 20th, 2016, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) awarded Dr. Soumya Gupta with the inaugural Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research, which honors the work of an up-and-coming research focused on alleviating gender inequality. Dr. Gupta’s work focuses on the linkages between agriculture systems and women’s empowerment and in …

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Dr. Soumya Gupta wins Inaugural Paula Kantor Award

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is proud to announce the winner of the inaugural Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research. Dr. Soumya Gupta – the first TCI Scholar to complete her Ph.D. in our program and currently a Post-doctoral Associate with Tata-Cornell – was selected for this award in January …

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TCI and partners gather in New Delhi to kick-off TARINA

From the 14th-16th of December 2015, the TARINA Consortium met for the first time in New Delhi to discuss and agree on areas of intervention, research and activities that will be carried out under the project’s three main objectives.

TCI wins $13.4 million grant to start TARINA

With thanks to the generous gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this four-year grant establishes Technical Assistance and Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA), a consortium linking Cornell with university and non-governmental organizations to scale-up our work promoting a more nutrition-sensitive food system in India. TARINA is launching this month (December 2015), …

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CIIFAD Seminar invites Tata-Cornell Program Update

The Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) sponsors a weekly international seminar series during the academic year. On October 21, 2015, Dr. Prabhu Pingali, Cornell Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, presented Addressing Malnutrition in India: The Tata-Cornell …

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2nd International Conference on Global Food Security

The 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security will be hosted at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA from October 11th – 14th, 2015. The line-up of TCI speakers can be found here. To view the full conference program click here.