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Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition

Publication type: Dissertations

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Essays on the Effects of Migration & Remittances on Households in Rural India

Cornell University, 2021 Abstract: This dissertation focuses on the effects of migration and remittances on the welfare of families left-behind, in the context of farming households in rural India. Labor migration is heavily male dominant in India, and women and children are often left behind....
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Soil Health, a Basis for Human Health: A Study on the Interlinkages between Agronomic Factors and Human Nutritional Wellbeing in Jharkand, India

Cornell University, 2020 Abstract: The resources that shape our environment, including soils, play an immense role in determining our health. Yet, not much attention has been given to the study of the soil–human health nexus. In this dissertation, we address this research deficiency by conducting...
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Participatory Mycotoxin Management in India and the Genetic Determinants of Symptom Manifestation in the Sorghum Grain Mold Disease Complex

Cornell University, 2020 Abstract: Mycotoxin contamination is an important constraint to food security and public health in a range of food systems. Dietary exposure to mycotoxins is associated with health and nutrition adversities in humans and livestock. Surveillance systems and management strategies are rarely attentive...
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Developing Microalgae-Based Fortified Wheat Flour to Address Iron Malnutrition in India

Cornell University, 2020 Abstract: Iron deficiency anemia affects 1.2 billion people worldwide. Current iron fortificants either suffer from poor bioavailability or negatively affect the sensory profile of foods. In this project, we investigated the potential of defatted microalgae Nannochloropsis oceanica (DGM), a by-product of the...
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Building Evidence for Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture: The Experience of Introducing Orange-Flesh Sweet Potato in India

Cornell University, 2020 Abstract: Background and Objectives Despite global progress on reducing malnutrition, micronutrient-inadequate diets still contribute to a large public health burden in many underdeveloped regions. These deficiencies are a product of both lack of sufficient affordable diverse foods in local food systems, as...
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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...