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Bowls of millets and millet flour on a blue tarp

Millets Are Key to Making the PDS Environmentally Friendly

In 2021–22, India spent US$17.4 billion on the Public Distribution System, or PDS. For a program that ensures food security for over 800 million people, that seems like a good bargain. However, new research on the hidden costs of the…

Reducing the True Cost of Food-Based Safety Nets: Evidence from India’s Subsidized Food Program

Abstract Public procurement of food plays a pivotal role in determining the production and consumption of various food items. This is particularly true for staple grains in countries such as India, where the government procures over 40 percent of rice and wheat. This grain is...
A group of women walking on a road with work supplies

Beyond Wages: Exploring the Impact of an Employment Program on Rural Women

It’s nearly noon and the sun hangs directly overhead. The intense heat makes it tough for Shanta to continue carrying her two-gallon water container. Her colleagues face the same struggle. This is their third day working under the Mahatma Gandhi…
Pearl millet

Op-Ed Makes the Case for Millets in the PDS

The Indian government can help to ensure that nutritious millets are accessible for all Indians by promoting their inclusion in the Public Distribution System (PDS), researchers from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) argue in a new op-ed…
Finger millet

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…
Agricultural workers break for a meal

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

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…
Report Launch: Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition in South Asia

Panel to Explore South Asian Food Systems

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,…
NREGA workers in Chhattisgarh, India.

New Book Charts a Novel Course for India’s Social Safety Nets

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 Future of India’s Social Safety Nets: Focus, Form, and Scope

India’s rapid economic growth and wealth creation in the past three decades have been marred by its persistently high levels of poverty and child undernutrition, along with rising inequality. Social safety nets, for those left behind, have therefore gained in eminence as a redistributive mechanism....
People shop at a farmers’ market.

Coordinated Action Is Needed to Solve South Asia’s Malnutrition Puzzle

With hunger again on the rise across South Asia, a coordinated approach that aligns activities on the local, national, and international levels is needed to address the region’s malnutrition challenges, according to a new report from the Tata-Cornell Institute for…