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Can Bihar’s Agricultural Sector Go Climate-Smart?

October 3, 2022 by Milorad Plavsic
In mid-August, I traveled to Bihar, India as part of a team of researchers from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition to study strategies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture. With the trip scheduled during monsoon season, I was prepared to spend most of my time soaked from the rains. It…
Farmland in Pakistan
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Pakistan and India’s Common Enemy: Malnutrition

September 23, 2022 by Ali Ilahi , Milorad Plavsic
In national and international media, Pakistan and India are often portrayed as threats to each other, but less attention is paid to a threat both countries have in common: malnutrition. According to the World Food Programme, malnutrition costs Pakistan $7.6 billion annually, or roughly 3% of the country’s GDP. On the other hand, according to…
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10th Anniversary Lecture Series Opens with Ashok Gulati

September 20, 2022
Some of the world’s foremost experts on food systems will visit Cornell University this year as part of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition’s (TCI) 10th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series. The lectures will be held in a hybrid format, with virtual attendees participating via Zoom. The series begins on October 19 with a lecture…
A painting of farmers in a field with solar panels
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TCI to Host Global Conference on Food, Environment, and Health

September 16, 2022
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is organizing a special conference on “Food, Environment, and Health—Global Evidence” at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, on May 10-12, 2023. The two-day conference is part of TCI’s yearlong 10th-anniversary celebration. The conference is aimed at bringing together scholars working at the broader intersection of food, the…
Women harvesting chickpeas
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Can Machine-Harvestable Chickpeas Spare Female Laborers Time on the Farm?

September 14, 2022 by Jialu Li
Women in rural India face significant burdens on their time, as they often must balance farm work with unpaid housework. This is especially during the harvest seasons, when women spend even more time on the farm. The drudgery that women face can negatively influence their health and nutrition. That is why I was excited to…
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Op-ed Highlights Anomaly in India’s Anemia Figures

September 14, 2022
While anemia has declined in India from 2005-2015, the latest round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) shows that it is now on the rise, increasing from 53-57% in women and 58-67% in children in the past five years. In an op-ed published in The Indian Express, TCI researchers Soumya Gupta and Payal Seth…
Prabhu Pingali speaks at a podium
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TCI Kicks Off Yearlong 10th Anniversary Celebration

September 9, 2022
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) kicked off a celebration of its 10th anniversary on Thursday, September 8, with a series of presentations on different aspects of the Institute’s work. The event was the first of a planned yearlong celebration that will include monthly guest lectures and culminate in a two-day conference in…
A woman standing in a field
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Asia’s Food Systems Transformation: How It Happened and What Comes Next

September 6, 2022
Not so long ago, famines were a recurrent feature in Asia, with many dying from chronic hunger and poverty. The continent’s swing from deficiency to self-sufficiency in food did not happen unaided; it was thanks to policy and technology interventions. Will the same approach work for Asia’s current and future food system challenges, like malnutrition,…
Men examining plants
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Improving Public Sector Plant Breeding for the Future of Food Security

August 25, 2022 by Mathew Abraham , Sage Grasso-Monroe
Public plant breeding programs play a central role in tackling local food security challenges around the world, but how can we be sure that they are operating effectively and optimally at the institutional level? In this blog series, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement’s (ILCI) institutional capacity team explores how they came…
A woman tends to a field of rice
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Study Reveals Complex Links Between Soil and Human Health

August 23, 2022
Nutrition doesn’t depend only on the type of food you eat. It is influenced by a complex network of factors, including soil, according to new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Soil Science, TCI alumna Fatma Rekik and faculty fellow Harold van…