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Madhura Swaminathan and Ting Meng

TCI Welcomes Two Visiting Professors

September 6, 2023
Two economists have joined the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) as visiting faculty members. Madhura Swaminathan, a professor of economics at the Indian Statistical Institute in Bengaluru, will be at TCI for the fall 2023 semester. Ting Meng, an associate professor at the Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy in the College…
An Indian woman looking away

From Policy to Progress: How Bihar’s Alcohol Ban Is Empowering Women

September 1, 2023 by Apurva Borar
In the pursuit of a society where every woman finds solace within her home and community, away from the clutches of domestic violence and with assured equal rights, the state government of Bihar implemented a profound policy shift in 2016—a comprehensive alcohol ban, meticulously designed to provide a sanctuary of safety for women within their…

Urban Farms Co. and the Potential for Social Enterprises to Catalyze Food Systems Change

August 25, 2023 by Alexandra Mantilla
Today, 56% of the global population resides in urban areas. This proportion is expected to increase to 70%, with the change driven largely by Asian countries. In India alone, it is estimated that by 2050 the number of people living in urban areas will increase by 416 million people. This rise in urban populations will…
A female goat with kids

Why Aren’t More Farmers Using Artificial Insemination for Goat Rearing?

August 1, 2023 by Payal Seth, Bharath Chandran C
As a source of income generation during crop failures, goat-rearing offers many advantages to smallholder farmers in India. But a lack of established markets and infrastructure leaves many farmers dependent on natural breeding practices instead of the more beneficial artificial insemination. A new Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) study aims to improve farmer…
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…