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Nagesh Gavirneni

Remembering Nagesh Gavirneni

July 24, 2023
Dr. Nagesh Gavirneni, a faculty fellow at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) and professor of operations management in the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, died in Ithaca at the age of 56. Gavirneni was a frequent fixture at TCI events. As a faculty fellow, he played an advisor role…
Sacks of tomatoes

TCI Researcher Comments on Skyrocketing Tomato Prices

July 13, 2023
Jocelyn Boiteau, a postdoctoral associate at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), was quoted by CNN on India’s recent spike in tomato prices. The cost of tomatoes rose more than 400% due to crop failures, leaving many unable to afford the staple of Indian cuisine. Boiteau told CNN that the tomato shortage driving…
Plant-based hamburger patties

Plant-Based Meats May Not Measure Up for the Developing World

July 3, 2023
Is your burger made of beef or pea protein isolate mixed with coconut oil? As efforts to stop climate change ramp up, increased attention is being given to swapping out meats and dairy items for plant-based alternatives designed to replicate the real thing. However, a new study from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition…
Jute sacks of soybeans

How Soybean FPOs Can Use Futures Contracts to Manage Risk

Price volatility affects all members of the agricultural value chain, but smallholder farmers in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to adverse prices. In general, price hedging mechanisms for smallholder farmers are limited and, in many cases, not used. With appropriate infrastructure (physical, market, and institutional), price hedging strategies that improve farmers’ livelihoods could be made…
Soumya Gupta

Alumna Pursues Gender and Nutrition Research at TCI

June 6, 2023
As a young girl, Soumya Gupta would accompany her father to the hospital, where he worked as a doctor. The image of impoverished women waiting for healthcare services in long queues impacted her deeply. She decided that one day, she would do something to improve public health services for women like them. In graduate school,…
Anna David Thottappilly, Prabhu Pingali, and Tanuj Chawla

Three TCI Scholars Graduate with PhDs, MPS

May 30, 2023
Three TCI scholars received their degrees during commencement ceremonies at Cornell University on Saturday, May 27. Natasha Jha and Anna David Thottappilly each received PhDs in applied economics and management from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Tanuj Chawla received an MPS in information science from the Ann S. Bowers College of Computing…
Prabhu Pingali speaking at a podium

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…
A glass of beer

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…