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Soumya Gupta and a staffer handle medical equipment

Notes From the Field: Giving Back to the People You Study

February 16, 2024 by Soumya Gupta
For my doctoral dissertation, I ventured into the field to explore the role that women’s empowerment in agriculture can play in determining their iron status. In addition to collection of survey data on agriculture, empowerment, and other socioeconomic variables, blood draws for iron biomarkers formed a major component of my fieldwork. Seeking and processing blood…

New Book Charts a Novel Course for India’s Social Safety Nets

February 5, 2024
With a growing economy and increasing clout on the world stage, India is a success story among developing countries, but persistently high poverty and malnutrition rates threaten to leave millions of lives behind. A new book authored by researchers at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) argues that India needs to rethink its…
Children wearing masks wait in line for food

COVID-19 Pandemic Linked to 14% Increase in Underweight Children in India

February 2, 2024
The nutrition of Indian children suffered dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) that found a sharp rise in underweight children. In a study published in Economic and Political Weekly, TCI researchers analyzed pre- and post-pandemic survey data on children’s health and nutrition. They…
People shop at a farmers’ market.

Coordinated Action Is Needed to Solve South Asia’s Malnutrition Puzzle

January 19, 2024
With hunger again on the rise across South Asia, a coordinated approach that aligns activities on the local, national, and international levels is needed to address the region’s malnutrition challenges, according to a new report from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in South Asia: Building Healthy, Sustainable Food…
A woman in a mustard field in India

Farmers and Consumers Pay the Price for Burdensome GM Regulations: The Case of GM Mustard in India

Policymakers in India have taken the first step to allow commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard. The conditional approval for the environmental release of the Dhara Mustard Hybrid (DMH)-11 and its parental events bn3.6 and modbs2.99, given by the government in October 2022, signifies a shift in a policy stance held for more than a decade…

TCI Publishes 2022-23 Annual Report

December 18, 2023
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) has published its 2022-23 Annual Report. The report offers an in-depth look at the full range of TCI’s research and other activities, including grant-funded projects like the FPO Platform for India and field research performed by TCI scholars pursuing graduate degrees. It also provides a recap of the Institute’s 10th…

Gift Supports TCI Internships in India

December 14, 2023
A generous gift from the estate of Dr. Chandra Paul Singh will support Cornell University student internships with the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) in India. Run in partnership with the Global Fellows Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, TCI’s internship program sends deserving undergraduate students to India each summer….
Male students writing in school

Well-Educated Men Mean Well-Nourished Households

November 16, 2023
Among development practitioners and policymakers, women’s education is a key tool for improving household nutrition, but according to new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), men’s education also plays an important role in improving the nutritional outcomes of both women and households. In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE,…

Millets Make Sense for India’s PDS

October 30, 2023
Replacing some of the rice provided through India’s Public Distribution System (PDS) could lower the costs associated with the subsidized food program by $770 million, according to new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). In a policy brief published on October 30, TCI details how the replacement of 1 kg of…
Prabhu Pingali

TCI Director Delivers Lecture on Food Insecurity in South Asia

October 26, 2023
Prabhu Pingali, director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) delivered a virtual seminar hosted by the South Asia Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) on October 25. The seminar was entitled, “How to Fight Hunger and Food Insecurity (And How Not To)—Lessons from South Asia.” During the lecture, Pingali…