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10th Anniversary Conference Puts Focus on Impactful Research

May 17, 2023
Researchers from universities and research institutions across the world traveled to Cornell University last week to take part in the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) 10th Anniversary Conference. The theme of the conference was “Food, Environment, and Health—Global Evidence.” A total of 30 scholars presented their research during the two-day conference on May…
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New Study Links Alcohol Prohibition with Drop in Violent Crime

May 4, 2023
Banning alcohol may be an effective tool for curbing violent crimes, according to a forthcoming study coauthored by a group of researchers including Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) Scholar Natasha Jha. The study, which is due to be published in the July 2024 issue of the journal Economic Development and Cultural Change, examines the experience of Bihar,…
A soybean warehouse in Latur

Soybean Value Chains and Market Efficiency: Lessons from a Field Visit to FPOs in Latur

In a recent visit to Latur, a district in Maharashtra, India, we gained an understanding of the marketing channels and infrastructure available for local soybean producers. In India, Latur is a significant agricultural hub for soybean cultivation, with the second-highest acreage dedicated to soybean production after Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Soybean cultivation accounts for approximately…
A woman carrying wood from a forest in Thuamul Rampur. (Photo by Amrutha Jose Pampackal/TCI)

Are Forests Still Relevant for the Nutrition Security of Traditional Forest Dwellers? Insights from One Year of Fieldwork in Kalahandi, Odisha

April 25, 2023 by Amrutha Jose Pampackal
Forests have garnered a lot of attention in international policy discussions in recent years because of their role in addressing the rising challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change. Less discussed is the importance of forests for the sustainability of many local food systems. Across the globe, billions of people live in proximity to forests…

Celebrating TCI at 10

April 24, 2023
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) published a special magazine titled, TCI at 10: A Decade of Transforming Food Systems for the Future. The magazine features an in-depth look at the different sides of TCI’s work and its accomplishments from its first decade. It also includes a…
Anaka Aiyar in front of the Big Red Barn at Cornell University

Alumna Uses Research to Tackle Health Disparities

April 7, 2023
After working on field-based research projects in rural India for more than five years, Anaka Aiyar’s career took a new turn when she moved to the United States to pursue a PhD in economics at the University of California. Driven by a passion for positively impacting the lives of underprivileged people, she later joined the…
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A Tale of Two Aggregation Models: FPO Promotion in India and Mexico

April 4, 2023 by Leslie Verteramo Chiu
This is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the experiences of farmer producer organizations (FPOs) and FPO promotion in India and Latin America. The next post will examine soy bean value chains and FPOs in Maharashtra, India. Farmer producer organizations (FPOs) are the latest iteration in the long history of small farm…
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TCI Scholar Wins ‘Most Market Ready’ at Digital Ag Hackathon

March 24, 2023
Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) Scholar Shree Saha and her team took home the award for market readiness at the 2023 Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture Hackathon on March 20. Saha’s team developed a platform, called TransportX, that would help smallholder farmers in India bring their products to market. The app connects farmers with potential buyers, then…
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TCI Partners with PRADAN to Improve Agricultural Climate Resiliency in India

March 6, 2023
Rice is perhaps the most important crop grown in India, where it accounts for roughly a third of all cultivated land. But the relatively high greenhouse gas emissions associated with rice production contribute significantly to climate change, while the disproportionate share of starchy rice in Indian diets increases the risk of non-communicable diseases. Moving away…
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The First Step to Reducing Food Loss and Waste Is Deciding What It Is

March 2, 2023
As it makes its journey from the farm to consumers’ plates, around a third of the total food produced in the world is lost or wasted. Reducing such waste is key to efforts to achieve sustainable food systems, but before significant progress can be made, researchers must first agree on exactly what they mean by…