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Op-Ed Warns Increased Ethanol Production Could Affect Nutrition Security

July 29, 2021
The Indian government’s plan to incentivize sugarcane production to boost the supply of fuel-grade ethanol could hurt efforts to improve nutrition outcomes in the country, according to researchers from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). In an op-ed in the Financial Express, TCI consultant Payal Seth, Director Prabhu Pingali, and Associate Director Bhaskar…
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TCI Director Gives Masterclass on Unintended Consequences

July 28, 2021
Prabhu Pingali, director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), is featured in a new masterclass on the unintended consequences of food systems policies. Designed for stakeholders in food systems around the world, the class presents the 1960s Green Revolution as a case study. The masterclass is part of the Food Systems Game…
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2020-21 Annual Report: Clean Water Is Key to Nutrition

July 27, 2021
This article originally appeared in TCI’s 2020-21 Annual Report. Download the report (PDF) to read more. Providing people with access to affordable, nutritious food is only one step in improving nutrition outcomes. In countries like India, where the majority of people lack access to piped water in the home, waterborne diseases often interfere with people’s ability to…
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Indian Women’s Nutrition Suffered during COVID-19 Lockdown

July 27, 2021
The 2020 nationwide lockdown India imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions that negatively impacted women’s nutrition, according to a new study from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition. Published in the journal Economia Politica, the study shows that women’s dietary diversity – the number of food groups consumed – declined during…
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2020-21 Annual Report: Migration’s Impact on Rural Households

July 20, 2021
This article originally appeared in TCI’s 2020-21 Annual Report. Download the report (PDF) to read more. Across India, as many as 450 million people migrate from their homes in search of work. Most of these migrants are men from rural areas who send remittances back to their families. Led by TCI alumna Vidya Bharathi Rajkumar,…
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2020-21 Annual Report: Preventing Food Loss to Boost Fruit and Vegetable Availability

July 13, 2021
Led by Jocelyn Boiteau, a TCI alumna and postdoctoral researcher, TCI is working to address knowledge gaps in estimating food loss along perishable vegetable supply chains in India to inform effective loss prevention strategies.

TCI Publishes 2020-21 Annual Report

July 2, 2021
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) has published its 2020-21 Annual Report. The report offers an in-depth look at the full range of TCI’s research and other activities, such as its signature project, Technical Assistance and Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA). It also details the impact of COVID-19 on TCI’s work and…
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Farmer Research Networks Enable More Effective Local Solutions

June 29, 2021
Researchers across the world devise innovative solutions to issues faced by farmers in developing countries, but the effectiveness of those solutions depends on how well they align with the specific needs of the local communities where they are implemented. In a new study published in the journal Agricultural Systems, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition…
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TCI to Co-Host Webinar on Production Diversity and Farmers’ Income

June 23, 2021
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is co-hosting a webinar on “Production Diversity and Farmers’ Income” on Friday, June 25, at 8 a.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. IST. The event is the fourth in a series of policy discussions on food, nutrition, and agriculture in India organized by TCI, the Coalition for Food & Nutrition Security, and BAIF…
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Subtracting Additives: Using Extruder Die Design to Create Healthier Processed Foods

June 11, 2021 by Bindvi Arora
In today’s fast-paced world, where more and more people are consuming convenient processed foods. A renewed focus on health is driving demand for processed foods with the nutritional benefits of natural whole foods. In response, food companies are working to harness new ingredients and processes to improve their products. To help provide healthier processed foods,…