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TCI Researcher Talks True Cost of Food at World Sustainable Development Summit

February 27, 2023
At the World Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi last week, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) organized a panel event entitled “True Value of Food: A Call to Action to Solve Climate Change and other Crises.” The discussion focused on using true cost accounting to transform the agri-food…
Chandra Nuthalapati

Chandra S.R. Nuthalapati Joins TCI as Visiting Professor

February 17, 2023
UPDATED JAN. 18, 2024: Nuthalapati’s term has been extended through the fall 2025 semester. Chandra S.R. Nuthalapati, a researcher from the Institute of Economic Growth in New Delhi, joined the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) as a visiting professor. Nuthalapati will be at TCI through the Fall 2023 semester. While at TCI, Nuthalapati…
Women pick tea leaves on a tea plantation

Steeping in Struggle: The Plight of Tea Plantation Workers in Darjeeling

February 10, 2023 by Apurva Borar
It was a beautiful rainy Tuesday morning when I was greeted by the pleasant whistle of the toy train on my way to one of the most famous tea gardens in the Darjeeling district. The tea garden supervisor had told me to arrive at 7 a.m. sharp if I wanted to meet the female workers…
A buffalo on a tea estate

The Battle for Space: Human vs Animal

February 3, 2023 by Shree Saha
“They [wild animals] want the best and the most expensive tea leaves,” remarked a tea estate staffer during my visit to an estate in The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. While the purpose of my visit was to primarily understand the adoption of digital technologies in agriculture and allied sectors, the “human-animal conflict” I noticed in every…
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Can Smartphone Apps Like WhatsApp Help Farmers Endure Extreme Weather?

January 24, 2023 by Vanisha Sharma
Before planning your week, it is probably not unusual for you to check the weather forecast on your smartphone. For a farmer in a rural developing economy, however, weather news is more likely to come from the TV, radio, or social networks. Timely weather updates are critical for farmers who rely on their yields as…
Rohil Bhatnagar standing in a lab

Alumnus Pursues Cutting-Edge Food Science Innovations

January 18, 2023
TCI alumni shine in many different fields, including academics and development research. One recent alumnus is making a mark in private industry as a food scientist combining science, technology, and business acumen. Rohil Sahai Bhatnagar, who received his PhD in food science and technology from Cornell University in 2020, is now a senior research scientist…
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Developing a Conceptual Framework to Measure Institutional Capacity

January 10, 2023 by Mathew Abraham, Sage Grasso-Monroe
Public plant breeding programs play a central role in tackling local food security challenges around the world, but how can we be sure that they are operating effectively and optimally at the institutional level? In this blog series, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement’s (ILCI) institutional capacity team explores how they came to define…
Anthony Wenndt posing with a man sitting on bags of grain

Alum Helps Improve the Diets of the World’s Most Impoverished

January 5, 2023
Tata-Cornell Institute alumnus Anthony Wenndt is making a difference in the lives of the poor. In Africa and other parts of the world where malnutrition is a public health concern, he works to improve the nutrition outcomes of the programs of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Wenndt credits his experience performing fieldwork while…
Combined harvester harvesting chickpeas

More Chickpeas with Less Labor? Assessing the Impact of Machine-Harvestable Chickpeas on Female Labor

December 2, 2022 by Jialu Li
As India’s population increases and demand for food rises along with it, farm laborers—women in particular—face increased burdens and drudgery. Enter NBeG47, a machine-harvestable chickpea variety introduced by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to reduce the hours women spend on the chickpea harvest while maintaining a protein-rich food supply. In…
farmer with wife collecting fresh raw egg plants in baskets from his green farm

TCI Awarded a New Grant from Walmart Foundation to Enhance Its FPO Database

November 29, 2022
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is embarking on the next phase of its project to support smallholder farmers in India through the promotion of effective farmer producer organization (FPO) models. The centerpiece of this effort is the further development of TCI’s Database for Indian FPOs within the FPO Hub of its Center…