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TCI Researchers Urge India to Rethink Palm Oil

India’s plan to increase domestic production of palm oil could have detrimental effects on the environment and farmer livelihoods, argue Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) researcher Payal Seth and Associate Director Bhaskar Mittra in a Financial Express op-ed.…
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Sowing Trouble: The Beginnings of an Alcohol Problem?

On June 2, 2021, the Indian government announced a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for several key sectors of the economy. Under this scheme, the fuel companies will be required to sell gasoline containing up to 20 percent ethanol by 2023, with the view to reduce dependency on oil imports and lower carbon dioxide emissions in cities. (Ethanol adds extra oxygen to petrol which lowers the emission of harmful gases and is shown to significantly reduce air pollution.) This target implies that India will need 1,000 crore liters of ethanol against the nation’s current capacity of 684 crore liters.
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Op-Ed Warns Increased Ethanol Production Could Affect Nutrition Security

The Indian government’s plan to incentivize sugarcane production to boost the supply of fuel-grade ethanol could hurt efforts to improve nutrition outcomes in the country, according to researchers from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). In an op-ed…
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TCI Sponsors Virtual Screening of Indian Climate Change Film

The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), Cornell Cinema, and the Cornell University South Asia Program are co-sponsoring a virtual screening of Kalira Atita (Yesterday’s Past), an acclaimed film exploring the human impact of climate change in India. Members…
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Project Aims to Curb Farm Waste Burning

The haze of pollution that settles over Delhi, India, has many sources directly in the city, such as the more than 10 million cars that drive on its roads. But some of the smog comes from hundreds of miles away,…
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Blistering in the Sun: Climate Change Worsens Food Loss for India’s Tomato Farmers

In this blog post, TCI scholar Jocelyn Boiteau details how rising temperatures and unreliable rainfalls are contributing to food loss among India’s tomato farmers. Standing in a lush, green field of tomato plants surrounded by swaying trees and rocky hills,…
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Tackling India’s Food Systems Challenges in the Era of Climate Change

In this blog post, TCI postdoctoral associate Anaka Aiyar and former communications and outreach manager Jessica Ames present the “technology-plus” approach for dealing with India’s food systems challenges in the midst of climate change, as proposed in the TCI’s book, …

TCI Director Pens Chapter on Green Revolution 2.0 and Biodiversity

Dr. Prabhu Pingali, director of the Tata-Cornell Institute, wrote a chapter in “Biological Extinction: New Perspectives,” a new book exploring how increasing human pressure on the biosphere is driving biodiversity into a new mass extinction event. Pingali’s chapter focuses on…
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Climate Change & Sustainable Agriculture

As climate change continues, the agricultural sector must grapple with its effects and adopt more resource-conscious, sustainable practices.