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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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Indian Women’s Nutrition Suffered during COVID-19 Lockdown

The 2020 nationwide lockdown India imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions that negatively impacted women’s nutrition, according to a new study from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition. Published in the journal Economia Politica, the study…
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Pandemic Prices: COVID-19 Price Shocks and Their Implications for Nutrition Security in India

In Pandemic Prices: Price Shocks from COVID-19 and Their Implications on Nutrition Security in India, TCI researchers assess the impact that India’s COVID-19 lockdown had on Indian food prices. They demonstrate that the lockdown disrupted the supply chains for some foods more than others, driving up...

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…
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Ending Open Defecation: My Sanitation Story

In this blog post, Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) consultant Payal Seth reflects on her study of open defecation and toilet usage in rural India. Out of the 892 million people across the world who practice open defecation, the majority live in…

TCI Study Finds COVID-19 Could Exacerbate Malnutrition in India

In a report published July 17, researchers from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) show that India’s rigorous lockdown has driven up the price of produce, limiting people’s ability to afford a nutritionally diverse diet. In the study, …
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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…
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Payal Seth

Payal Seth is a consultant with TCI in India. Her research interests lay at the intersection of development, health, and behavioral economics. Her work at TCI involves survey implementation, data management, and empirical research using experimental, quasi-experimental, and panel data…