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New Project Will Reveal True Cost of India’s Food Subsidies

October 19, 2022
Each year, India spends tens of billions of dollars on the Public Distribution System (PDS), a food subsidy program that helps to ensure the food security of more than 800 million people. The largest such program in the world, the PDS is a monumental achievement for food security. But with high transaction costs and a…
Kiera Crowley interviewing farmers

What’s Driving Crop Diversification? Talking to Farmers in Bihar

October 6, 2022 by Kiera Crowley
After arriving in Sadaivigha village in Lakhisarai, Bihar, on a hot day in June, Anurag and I followed a field technician, Abhay, to the farmhouse where we would conduct our first focus group discussion of the day. It was my second day in the field with Anurag, a field scientist based at CIMMYT’s Patna office…
TCI researchers observe a solar-powered irrigation pump

Can Bihar’s Agricultural Sector Go Climate-Smart?

October 3, 2022 by Milorad Plavsic
In mid-August, I traveled to Bihar, India as part of a team of researchers from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition to study strategies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture. With the trip scheduled during monsoon season, I was prepared to spend most of my time soaked from the rains. It…
Farmland in Pakistan

Pakistan and India’s Common Enemy: Malnutrition

September 23, 2022 by Ali Ilahi, Milorad Plavsic
In national and international media, Pakistan and India are often portrayed as threats to each other, but less attention is paid to a threat both countries have in common: malnutrition. According to the World Food Programme, malnutrition costs Pakistan $7.6 billion annually, or roughly 3% of the country’s GDP. On the other hand, according to…

10th Anniversary Lecture Series Opens with Ashok Gulati

September 20, 2022
Some of the world’s foremost experts on food systems will visit Cornell University this year as part of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition’s (TCI) 10th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series. The lectures will be held in a hybrid format, with virtual attendees participating via Zoom. The series begins on October 19 with a lecture…
A painting of farmers in a field with solar panels

TCI to Host Global Conference on Food, Environment, and Health

September 16, 2022
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is organizing a special conference on “Food, Environment, and Health—Global Evidence” at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, on May 10-12, 2023. The two-day conference is part of TCI’s yearlong 10th-anniversary celebration. The conference is aimed at bringing together scholars working at the broader intersection of food, the…
Women harvesting chickpeas

Can Machine-Harvestable Chickpeas Spare Female Laborers Time on the Farm?

September 14, 2022 by Jialu Li
Women in rural India face significant burdens on their time, as they often must balance farm work with unpaid housework. This is especially during the harvest seasons, when women spend even more time on the farm. The drudgery that women face can negatively influence their health and nutrition. That is why I was excited to…
Red blood cells

Op-ed Highlights Anomaly in India’s Anemia Figures

September 14, 2022
While anemia has declined in India from 2005-2015, the latest round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) shows that it is now on the rise, increasing from 53-57% in women and 58-67% in children in the past five years. In an op-ed published in The Indian Express, TCI researchers Soumya Gupta and Payal Seth…
Prabhu Pingali speaks at a podium

TCI Kicks Off Yearlong 10th Anniversary Celebration

September 9, 2022
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) kicked off a celebration of its 10th anniversary on Thursday, September 8, with a series of presentations on different aspects of the Institute’s work. The event was the first of a planned yearlong celebration that will include monthly guest lectures and culminate in a two-day conference in…
A woman standing in a field

Asia’s Food Systems Transformation: How It Happened and What Comes Next

September 6, 2022
Not so long ago, famines were a recurrent feature in Asia, with many dying from chronic hunger and poverty. The continent’s swing from deficiency to self-sufficiency in food did not happen unaided; it was thanks to policy and technology interventions. Will the same approach work for Asia’s current and future food system challenges, like malnutrition,…