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Fatma Rekik

TCI Alumna Wins Soil Science Award

September 9, 2021
Fatma Rekik, an alumna of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), is the recipient of the 2021 Truog Soil Science Outstanding Dissertation Award. Presented by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), the award recognizes a recent PhD recipient who has made outstanding contributions to soil science as evidenced by their thesis or…
A woman harvesting paddy

TCI Launches Hub for FPOs to Empower Smallholder Farmers in India

September 1, 2021
In an effort to empower India’s 125 million smallholder farms to take advantage of growing opportunities in the agricultural sector, the Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) for Agriculture and Nutrition launched a Hub for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) within its Center of Excellence in New Delhi. The Hub features a first-of-its-kind Database of Indian FPOs. Created with…
a man sitting in a motorized rickshaw

Study: Causes of Obesity in India Depend on Age, Gender, and Where You Live

August 27, 2021
Obesity is on the rise in India, and a new front in the struggle to improve nutrition in the country of 1.36 billion people has emerged. New research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) sheds light on the patterns of obesity within India, underscoring the need for policies and programs that consider…

Expert Panel to Launch TCI Hub for FPO Promotion

August 25, 2021
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) will hold a virtual event celebrating the launch of the Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) Hub within its Center of Excellence on Wednesday, September 1, at 8 a.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. IST. The event will be live-streamed at and features a panel of experts from the government, the…
Two men plowing a field

2020-21 Annual Report: Improving Farm Yields through Comprehensive Soil Health

August 24, 2021
Soil degradation, resulting from poor land management practices such as the overuse of fertilizers, can worsen farm productivity. Yet, across India, efforts to improve soil quality have focused almost exclusively on chemical properties, ignoring the physical and biological processes that make soils dynamic and complex living systems.
Francesca DiGiorgio and Bhavna Sivasubramanian

Summer Interns Dig into Data

August 23, 2021
In a normal summer, Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) interns travel to rural India to work on research projects in the field. But with COVID-19 putting fieldwork on hold, interns Francesca DiGiorgio and Bhavna Sivasubramanian spent the summer of 2021 in TCI’s office at Cornell University, digging through data related to India’s agricultural markets. A graduate student…
Bindvi Arora standing behind an extruder machine

2020-21 Annual Report: Improving Nutrition During Weaning

August 17, 2021
Ensuring good nutrition during weaning can help set a child on the path of good health and development. Yet, when it comes time to wean babies from breast milk or formula, many parents reach for puffed cereal snacks that, while convenient, offer little nutritional benefit at a time when children’s protein requirement is at its peak.
microalgae seen from under a microscope

2020-21 Annual Report: Using Microalgae to Address Iron Deficiency

August 6, 2021
TCI is exploring an innovative approach to curbing iron deficiency by fortifying wheat flour using a byproduct of the biofuel industry. Widely consumed and available through India’s Public Distribution System, wheat flour is an ideal vehicle for fortification.
Workers packing citrus fruit in boxes at a market

Mapping Mandis: A Spatial Exploration of Agricultural Markets in India

August 5, 2021 by Bhavna Sivasubramanian
In November 2020, tens of thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, flooded the streets of New Delhi holding signs that read “No Farmer No Food” and chanting “Dharti Mata Ki Jai.” Makeshift camps lined the outskirts of the city where food was cooked over small gas fires and nights were spent sleeping on…
A bus at a gas station

Sowing Trouble: The Beginnings of an Alcohol Problem?

On June 2, 2021, the Indian government announced a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for several key sectors of the economy. Under this scheme, the fuel companies will be required to sell gasoline containing up to 20 percent ethanol by 2023, with the view to reduce dependency on oil imports and lower carbon dioxide emissions in cities. (Ethanol adds extra oxygen to petrol which lowers the emission of harmful gases and is shown to significantly reduce air pollution.) This target implies that India will need 1,000 crore liters of ethanol against the nation’s current capacity of 684 crore liters.