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Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Publication type: Alumni Dissertations

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Using Simple Models to Characterize Long-Term Trends and Variability in Regional Hydrology

Cornell University, 2014 Abstract: The three studies presented here demonstrate the utility of simple models in identifying long-term trends and variability in regional hydrology. In the first study, three new methods were used to identify the start and end of the rainy season in India. By...
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Three Essays On Agriculture – Nutrition Linkages: Women’s Iron Status and Empowerment In Agriculture In Chandrapur, India

Cornell University, 2016 Abstract: Agriculture based approaches are increasingly being propagated for tackling micronutrient malnutrition. Women constitute 30% of the agricultural labor force in India. However very little research has systematically examined the connection between farming systems and the status of women, that is their level...
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Essays on Human Capital & Development in India

Cornell University, 2017 Abstract: This dissertation consists of three independent research papers, tied under a broad research agenda of “human capital” in India. Chapters 1 and 2 are closely related and both utilize a self-collected, primary dataset on the subjective beliefs, of a sample of 12th-grade...
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In Vitro Digestion Methods to Estimate Forage Quality and Applied Research on Goat Feeding Systems in Odisha, India

Cornell University, 2018 Abstract: Measuring forage quality reliably in the laboratory and field is of crucial importance because livestock nutrition is a defining component of system productivity and accounts for a substantial portion of system costs. This dissertation explores both aspects of forage quality estimation with...
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Changes in Men’s and Women’s Economic Roles in Rural Indian Households, 2009-2014

Cornell University, 2019 Abstract: The purpose of my dissertation research is to examine the effect of men’s non-farm employment on women’s economic roles in rural India, as mediated by class, caste, and education. The main hypothesis of my dissertation is that changes in men’s time-allocation towards...
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Pathways from Agriculture to Nutrition in India: The Role of Women’s Time Trade-Offs and Empowerment

Cornell University, 2019 Abstract: Agriculture plays a key role in improving nutrition as a significant proportion of the malnourished population lives in rural areas and depends on smallholder agriculture for their sustenance. About 30 percent of the labor force in agriculture in India are women, and...
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Essays On K-12 Education in Developing Countries – Causes, Consequences and Impediments

Cornell University, 2019 Abstract: This dissertation focusses on the causes and consequences of low human capital accumulation among children and adolescents in developing countries in Asia and Africa. My analysis is divided into three separate papers that explore different aspects of this research agenda. Broadly, chapter...
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Essays on the Time Use and Behavioral Patterns of Women’s Access to Household Water in Rural India

Cornell University, 2020 Abstract: In this dissertation, three independent research papers are joined together by the common research theme of ‘Women’s access to household water’ in India. The first two papers are based on the self-collected data from selected villages of Jharkhand, India. In these papers,...