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Tag: Food Safety, Water & Sanitation

The Economic Impact of Unsafe Drinking Water

In this blog post, TCI scholar Shiuli Vanaja discusses her research on how access to clean water at home affects women’s productivity and use of time. Many people don’t give their drinking water a second thought. They simply turn on…
bag of nuts

Managing Mycotoxins: Reducing the Nutritional and Socioeconomic Burdens of Unsafe Food

This piece from the TCI 2019-20 Annual Report explores TCI scholar Anthony Wenndt’s research on managing and mitigating fungal toxins in grain stores. Download the full annual report to read more. Exposure to fungal toxins, or mycotoxins, in the diet…
Anthony Wenndt with group of people

Participatory Research: Re-Envisioning the Role of the Farmer in Local Food Safety Innovation

“What happened to it?” I asked one woman after she reported that the hermetic (air-tight) grain sack we had given her wasn’t being used in her storage facility. She grinned sheepishly. A giggling daughter guided us through the courtyard and…
people at outdoor market

Pandemics and Food Systems – Towards a Proactive Food Safety Approach to Disease Prevention & Management

In this blog post, which originally appeared as an op-ed piece in Food Security, TCI alumna Anaka Aiyar and director Prabhu Pingali advocate for investments in food safety as part of the response to COVID-19. Abstract Recent large-scale pandemics such…
Payal Seth

Ending Open Defecation: My Sanitation Story

Out of the 892 million people across the world who practice open defecation, the majority live in India. Most reside in the country’s rural areas. Inadequate sanitation is one of the leading causes of fatal diarrhea and infant mortality in…
A woman operating a water tap.

TCI and AguaClara Provide Safe Water Systems to Two More Villages in Odisha

The partnership between the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) and AguaClara Reach continues to bear fruit in India, where water disinfection systems were recently installed in two villages in Odisha. The new Hydrodoser systems were inaugurated in the…

New TCI Study Identifies Household Risk Factors for Mycotoxins

A new study co-authored by researchers at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) identifies household risk factors for exposure to mycotoxins—harmful chemicals produced by fungi—that can be targeted in food safety interventions. The study focuses on aflatoxin, a…
Payal Seth

Series of Op-Eds Tackle Sanitation in India

In a series of op-eds, Payal Seth, a consultant with the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), offered insights into the state of sanitation in India, with an emphasis on open defecation and municipal waste. In a pair of…
Girl washing her hands

Food Safety, Water & Sanitation

Nutrient absorption is significantly impacted by interrelated factors involving food contamination, access to safe water, and hygiene.