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Indian Millet Cultivation Plagued by Low Yields, Prices, and Profits

Millets contribute to achieving six of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals for 2030: zero hunger, good health and well-being, decent work and economic growth, responsible consumption and production, climate change, and life on land. In India, the gradual disappearance of millets from diets has intensified nutritional inadequacies while making cropping patterns unsustainable and increasing the…
A farmer looks at the FPO database on her computer

Building India’s First FPO Data Dashboard

April 25, 2024 by Tanuj Chawla
“How many FPOs are there in India?” This seemingly simple question marked the beginning of an unexpected challenge when I began working on the Tata-Cornell Institute’s project on FPO-Led Small Farm Market Access Models in 2019. Farmer producer organizations (FPOs) are collaborative entities that unite small and marginal farmers, enabling them to pool resources and…
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Navigating the Waters: Exploring Shrimp Cultivation in Coastal Odisha

April 23, 2024 by Shree Saha
Sitting in the coastal village of Inchudi in the Baleshwar district of Odisha, India, I spoke with Raju (name changed), a generational shrimp farmer with over 20 years of experience, about the precipitous rise of shrimp aquaculture in his village and the challenges he and other farmers face. “Shrimp farming feels easy and profitable, until…
Agricultural workers break for a meal

Key Takeaways from TCI’s Report on Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in South Asia

April 5, 2024 by Milorad Plavsic
Late last year, TCI published a report examining the state of food systems in South Asia. Part of a series produced by the Institute, Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in South Asia: Building Healthy, Sustainable Food Systems (FAN-South Asia) explores trends in agricultural production, nutrition, and food consumption across the region, offering a range of policy…
Report Launch: Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in South Asia

Panel to Explore South Asian Food Systems

April 2, 2024
A panel of experts from Cornell University will explore the trends and challenges facing South Asian food systems at a special event launching the Tata-Cornell Institute’s new report on Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in South Asia on Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. EDT in Warren Hall B73. The latest in TCI’s FAN series, the…
A farmer throws fertilizer from a bucket onto young soybean plants

Accelerating Varietal Turnover in Smallholder Soybean Farms

“A lack of dynamism in varietal change in food crop production represents a wasted opportunity that is potentially high, exacting a heavy toll on poor producers and consumers alike.” –Thomas S. Walker and Jeffrey Alwang Crop Improvement, Adoption and Impact of Improved Varieties in Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa Historically, shifting to improved varieties played…
A UPI QR code sitting amongst fruit in a market stall

Money Matters: Understanding the Complexities of India’s Digital Payment Journey

March 8, 2024 by Shree Saha
Digital payment platforms have emerged as an integral component of modern India’s financial landscape. These platforms offer convenient and quick ways for individuals and businesses to complete cash-free transactions.  From the user-friendly interfaces of mobile wallets to the innovative simplicity of Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based apps, these platforms continually refine our transactional experiences, allowing for…
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…