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Can Smartphone Apps Like WhatsApp Help Farmers Endure Extreme Weather?

January 24, 2023 by Vanisha Sharma
Before planning your week, it is probably not unusual for you to check the weather forecast on your smartphone. For a farmer in a rural developing economy, however, weather news is more likely to come from the TV, radio, or social networks. Timely weather updates are critical for farmers who rely on their yields as…
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Alumnus Pursues Cutting-Edge Food Science Innovations

January 18, 2023
TCI alumni shine in many different fields, including academics and development research. One recent alumnus is making a mark in private industry as a food scientist combining science, technology, and business acumen. Rohil Sahai Bhatnagar, who received his PhD in food science and technology from Cornell University in 2020, is now a senior research scientist…
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Developing a Conceptual Framework to Measure Institutional Capacity

January 10, 2023 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 to define…
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Alum Helps Improve the Diets of the World’s Most Impoverished

January 5, 2023
Tata-Cornell Institute alumnus Anthony Wenndt is making a difference in the lives of the poor. In Africa and other parts of the world where malnutrition is a public health concern, he works to improve the nutrition outcomes of the programs of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Wenndt credits his experience performing fieldwork while…
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More Chickpeas with Less Labor? Assessing the Impact of Machine-Harvestable Chickpeas on Female Labor

December 2, 2022 by Jialu Li
As India’s population increases and demand for food rises along with it, farm laborers—women in particular—face increased burdens and drudgery. Enter NBeG47, a machine-harvestable chickpea variety introduced by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to reduce the hours women spend on the chickpea harvest while maintaining a protein-rich food supply. In…
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TCI Awarded a New Grant from Walmart Foundation to Enhance Its FPO Database

November 29, 2022
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is embarking on the next phase of its project to support smallholder farmers in India through the promotion of effective farmer producer organization (FPO) models. The centerpiece of this effort is the further development of TCI’s Database for Indian FPOs within the FPO Hub of its Center…
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Report Explores Evidence on FPOs and Other Farm Aggregation Models

November 17, 2022
The average size of farms in developing countries of the world is 2 hectares or less. Smallholder farmers who rely on agriculture as their primary source of income often live in poverty. By joining together with other smallholders, farmers can reap the benefits of scale and see increased income. A new annotated bibliography from the…
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Environmental and Health Effects Add Billions in Hidden Costs to India’s Public Distribution System

November 7, 2022
Through the Public Distribution System (PDS), the Indian government ensures the food security of its most impoverished citizens. However, new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) reveals that the production of food grain for the PDS carries significant hidden environmental and health costs. In 2019-20, those costs increased the overall cost…
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Digital Green Co-Founder Will Give Lecture on Digitizing Rural Networks

November 7, 2022
Rikin Gandhi, co-founder and chief executive officer of the development organization Digital Green, will deliver a virtual lecture on December 7 at 11 a.m. EST/9:30 p.m. IST. The lecture, entitled “Elevating Farmer Voices by Digitizing Rural Networks,” is part of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition’s 10th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series. The event will…
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Technology Is Key to Bolstering India’s Food System

October 25, 2022
As India’s population grows and the country continues to urbanize, it will need to produce greater amounts of diverse agricultural products. A new report from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) contends that India can achieve a sustainable increase in agricultural production by embracing a range of existing and emerging technologies. While productivity…