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Prabhu Pingali Named to Advisory Committee on Indian National Food Security Act

Prabhu Pingali, founding director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), has been named to the Indian government’s technical advisory committee for evaluation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) of 2013. The committee comprises more than a…
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Ambitious Initiative Aims to Achieve Zero-Hunger, Zero-Carbon Food Systems

A new initiative at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) will chart a path for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture while meeting the nutritional demands of growing populations. The two-year research project will develop accurate…
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TCI Director Prioritizes Resilient Food Systems in Crawford Fund Keynote

COVID-19 has shown countries around the world that they must work to make their food systems resilient against biosecurity risks, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) Director Prabhu Pingali told attendees at the Crawford Fund’s annual conference on December…
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Crop Diversification Can Curb Farm Waste Fires

A trio of TCI researchers writing in The Print argued that the farm waste fires contributing to dangerously high air pollution in North India can best be addressed by incentivizing farmers in the region to grow less rice. Director Prabhu…

All Hat and No Cattle: Accountability Following the UN Food Systems Summit

Abstract The United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) is an important moment to garner political and financial attention to the challenges that food systems face. It is a difficult moment with many competing national and global priorities including massive inequities, rapid climate change and a...

Multiple Risk Factors Contribute to Childhood Stunting in Karnataka, India

Abstract Childhood stunting remains a prominent metric in the health and development of modern India. In Karnataka, India, districts vary substantially in stunting prevalence. Here we take a close look at the nature of childhood stunting in the state: its epidemiology, genetics, biology, nutritional basis,...

Risk Factors in Childhood Stunting in Karnataka, India, Vary by Geography

Abstract Childhood stunting remains a public health concern in India. In Karnataka, the districts vary substantially in stunting prevalence. Using the NFHS-4 and AidData GEO datasets, we tested the hypothesis that ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ districts in Karnataka show different contributions to stunting. We found that...
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TCI Launches Hub for FPOs to Empower Smallholder Farmers in India

In an effort to empower India’s 125 million smallholder farms to take advantage of growing opportunities in the agricultural sector, the Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI) for Agriculture and Nutrition launched a Hub for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) within its Center of…
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Study: Causes of Obesity in India Depend on Age, Gender, and Where You Live

Obesity is on the rise in India, and a new front in the struggle to improve nutrition in the country of 1.36 billion people has emerged. New research from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) sheds light on…
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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.