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How Biochar Can Help Renew Degraded Tropical Soils

May 16, 2022 by Whitman Barrett
Agricultural soils around the world are under increasing pressure as urbanization covers once prime farmland with concrete and asphalt while intensified agricultural production degrades soil fertility. Yet even as their soils’ fertility declines, farmers around the world will be expected to feed more people than ever before as the global population grows to more than…
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Assessing India’s FPO Ecosystem

May 10, 2022 by Ekta Joshi
This blog post is part of a series exploring India’s small farm aggregation landscape using TCI’s Database for Indian Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs). Part of the FPO Hub within the TCI Center of Excellence, the first-of-its-kind database brings together comprehensive data on FPOs in India. Taken together, small and marginal holdings (below 2 hectares) constitute…
Prabhu Pingali speaking with people on a farm
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Prabhu Pingali Discusses Zero-Hunger, Zero-Carbon Food Systems

May 5, 2022
India’s efforts to reduce hunger could negatively impact its ability to meet its climate change goals if it does not change its current food production practices, according to Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) Director Prabhu Pingali. In an interview with Mongabay India, Pingali discussed TCI’s efforts to mitigate the tradeoffs between hunger reduction…
Gloved hands holding grains of rice
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Genome Editing: The Next Big Revolution in Indian Agriculture

May 3, 2022 by Shivranjani Baruah
Innovation has been the foundation of major agricultural advancements that have improved food security in India. While the 1960s saw high-yield dwarf crop varieties enter breeding research, the Green Revolution scaled up breeding for commodity crops to a whole new level, and a focus on agronomic crop management practices backed by government policies pushed Indian…
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TCI Convenes Expert Meetings to Spark Discussion on Agriculture and Climate Change

April 26, 2022
During two days of meetings on April 19 and 20, the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) brought together a host of experts to explore opportunities to lower agricultural greenhouse gas emissions in Bihar, India. The meetings were part of TCI’s Zero-Hunger, Zero-Carbon Food Systems project, which aims to develop policy options for minimizing…
Crates of tomatoes at a market
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Study Offers Clues for Reducing Food Loss and Waste in Perishable Supply Chains

April 21, 2022
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important source of micronutrients, but access to them is limited in developing countries like India because of several factors, including food loss and waste. New research on tomato supply chains from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) at Cornell University sheds light on where and when most…
Kathryn Merckel holding a baby goat
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After Conducting a Nutrition Study in India, a TCI Alumna Goes Global

April 11, 2022
As a TCI scholar pursuing a PhD in international nutrition, Kathryn Merckel led a trial testing the potential of orange-fleshed sweet potato to improve nutritional outcomes in Uttar Pradesh, India. After graduating in 2020, Merckel now works to improve nutrition through interventions across the world as the associate director for nutrition and food systems at…
Prabhu Pingali
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TCI Director Talks Climate Change and Food Systems

April 11, 2022
In an interview with The Times of India, Prabhu Pingali, founding director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) at Cornell University, explained that while climate change poses a serious threat to India’s food system, timely adaptations can mitigate the worst of its effects. Asked about the vulnerability of India’s food system to…
Tractor tracks running through soil on farmland
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Soil Health: What You Should Know

April 4, 2022 by Kavya Krishnan
Healthy soils are key to producing nutritious foods. In hopes of boosting agricultural productivity in India, TCI’s Soil Health Project in Bihar examines the links between soil health, land management, and cropping systems to assess their impact on agricultural yields. But what is soil health, why do we care so much about it, and how…
Women planting rice
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Researchers Urge Smarter Pursuit of SDGs

March 24, 2022
Policymakers seeking to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) like zero hunger should be mindful of how the pursuit of one goal can aid or impede progress toward others, researchers for the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) say in a new article in the journal Environmental Challenges. The SDGs are a collection of 17…