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Did the COVID-19 Lockdown Reverse the Nutritional Gains in Children? Evidence from Rural India

Abstract To address the missing link that goes beyond the changes in dietary consumption and food expenditures to assess the impact of the pandemic on child undernutrition, specifically anthropometric outcomes, this paper uses primary panel data (pre- and post-COVID-19) from rural India within a child-fixed...
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COVID-19 Pandemic Linked to 14% Increase in Underweight Children in India

The nutrition of Indian children suffered dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) that found a sharp rise in underweight children. In a study published in Economic and Political…
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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…
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Farmers and Consumers Pay the Price for Burdensome GM Regulations: The Case of GM Mustard in India

Policymakers in India have taken the first step to allow commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard. The conditional approval for the environmental release of the Dhara Mustard Hybrid (DMH)-11 and its parental events bn3.6 and modbs2.99, given by the…
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Leveraging Men’s Education as an Effective Pathway for Improving Diet Quality: Evidence from Rural India

Abstract Investing in nutrition-sensitive sectors such as education can be an effective strategy for combatting malnutrition. In this paper, we analyze the role that men’s education plays in determining dietary diversity outcomes using primary data from 3600 households across four districts of India. Dietary diversity...
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Well-Educated Men Mean Well-Nourished Households

Among development practitioners and policymakers, women’s education is a key tool for improving household nutrition, but according to new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), men’s education also plays an important role in improving the nutritional…

Millets Make Sense for India’s PDS

Replacing some of the rice provided through India’s Public Distribution System (PDS) could lower the costs associated with the subsidized food program by $770 million, according to new research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). In a…

Hybrid Mustard and Biotechnology: Pathways for Doubling Farmers’ Incomes and Nutritional Security

Abstract The government’s decision to move ahead on the much-delayed genetically modified mustard developed by the University of Delhi signifies a turnaround and bodes well for the country’s food system. Numerous tests over the last 20 years prove its safety for food, feed, and the...
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TCI Director Delivers Lecture on Food Insecurity in South Asia

Prabhu Pingali, director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) delivered a virtual seminar hosted by the South Asia Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) on October 25. The seminar was entitled, “How to Fight…
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Plant-Based Meats May Not Measure Up for the Developing World

Is your burger made of beef or pea protein isolate mixed with coconut oil? As efforts to stop climate change ramp up, increased attention is being given to swapping out meats and dairy items for plant-based alternatives designed to replicate…