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Men looking at crates of ripe tomatoes

2020-21 Annual Report: Preventing Food Loss to Boost Fruit and Vegetable Availability

Led by Jocelyn Boiteau, a TCI alumna and postdoctoral researcher, TCI is working to address knowledge gaps in estimating food loss along perishable vegetable supply chains in India to inform effective loss prevention strategies.

TCI Publishes 2020-21 Annual Report

The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) has published its 2020-21 Annual Report. The report offers an in-depth look at the full range of TCI’s research and other activities, such as its signature project, Technical Assistance and Research for…
Assorted vegetables at an outdoor market

TCI to Co-Host Webinar on Production Diversity and Farmers’ Income

The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is co-hosting a webinar on “Production Diversity and Farmers’ Income” on Friday, June 25, at 8 a.m. EDT/5:30 p.m. IST. The event is the fourth in a series of policy discussions on…
Crates of tomatoes

The Tomato Lottery: Farmer Decision-Making and Food Loss Implications

On a brilliantly sunny day in June in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, red-ripe tomatoes shine like ornaments in a field of green. Seemingly absent is anyone harvesting these fruits that are just waiting to be plucked, sold, and consumed. Left…
bins of tomatos

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,…
damaged tomatoes

Tomato Trouble: Estimating and Understanding Food Loss in Vegetable Supply Chains

This piece from the TCI 2019-20 Annual Report presents TCI scholar Jocelyn Boiteau’s study of quality and quantity food loss in tomato supply chains in India. Download the full annual report to read more. The loss of fruit and vegetables—damaged…

How Did COVID-19 Impact India’s Food Prices?

In this blog post, TCI’s Payal Seth, Prabhu Pingali, and Bhaskar Mittra present their analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on food prices in India.  In normal times, access to nutrient-rich food to all is a challenge for…

Improving Dietary Diversity through Market Access, Livestock, and Women’s Education

In developing countries like India, people in rural areas often subsist on diets of mostly cereal grains which lack important micronutrients, leading to a range of maladies, including anemia, stunting, low birth weight, and more. In a newly published article…

Balancing Act: Trade-Offs Between Food Loss Reduction and Tomato Labor Drudgery

In this blog post, TCI scholar Jocelyn Boiteau explores how the plastic crates used to protect tomatoes at the market carry occupational risks for laborers.  In Andhra Pradesh’s bustling Madanapalle tomato market, where tomatoes are auctioned in bulk, the buzz…
tomatoes

What Makes a Good Tomato? Unpacking Tomato Quality Attributes in South India

In this blog post, TCI Scholar Jocelyn Boiteau explores the various attributes different supply chain actors used to judge the quality of tomatoes. Walking into a daily vegetable market in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, tomato vendors sit next to neatly organized…