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Thinking About Soil from the Farmers’ Perspectives

In this blog post, TCI Scholar Natasha Jha reflects on her experience interviewing Indian farmers about how they determine the health and quality of their soil. Good, healthy soils are not only critical for crop production, they are also crucial for good nutrition. So… Read more

Conducting Research through Mobile Phones in a Pandemic

In this blog post, TCI scholar Vanisha Sharma discusses her plans to use mobile phone surveys to safely conduct field research in India during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionized the face of field research in the era of mobile phones and int… Read more

Ending Open Defecation: My Sanitation Story

In this blog post, Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) consultant Payal Seth reflects on her study of open defecation and toilet usage in rural India. Out of the 892 million people across the world who practice open defecation, the majority live in India. Most reside in the co… Read more

COVID-19 Pandemic Presents Opportunities for Innovation

In this blog post, TCI associate director Bhaskar Mittra discusses the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has created opportunities for innovation along India’s agricultural supply chains that can benefit farmers and consumers alike. The COVID-19 pandemic has o… Read more

10 Key Findings from TCI’s Report on Ending Hunger in India

TCI’s latest report, Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in India 2020: Leveraging Agriculture to Achieve Zero Hunger (FAN 2020), focuses on the extent of hunger and malnutrition in India in the context of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2), which calls for zero hun… Read more

How Did COVID-19 Impact India’s Food Prices?

In this blog post, TCI’s Payal Seth, Prabhu Pingali, and Bhaskar Mittra present their analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on food prices in India.  In normal times, access to nutrient-rich food to all is a challenge for India. In the midst of a pandemic, that c… Read more

Power Puffs: Creating Nutritious Puffed Snacks for Toddlers

This piece from the TCI 2019-20 Annual Report presents TCI scholar Bindvi Arora’s use of a novel food extrusion technology to create more nutritious puffed snacks for toddlers. Download the full annual report to read more. In recent years, parents have increasingly… Read more

Are India’s Farmers Taking Advantage of Web-based Technology?

In this blog post, TCI scholar Vanisha Sharma investigates how farmers in India’s impoverished rural areas are using the internet to boost agricultural productivity. Beginning in 2016, a public-private partnership called Jio laid 250,000 km of fiber optic cable th… Read more