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Promoting equitable growth for 2050

As of 2018, India has become the sixth largest economy in the world displacing France from this position and nearly tying with the United Kingdom. While there is cause to celebrate, there are two major concerns about India’s growth experience. The first has been a well d… Read more

IFPRI book launch: Transforming food systems for a rising India

Despite broad economic progress, India continues to face persistent food insecurity, malnutrition, and high levels of stunting. This paradox is at the center of a new book by researchers at the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Transforming Fo… Read more

Op-Ed: We’ll Be What We Eat

With a five-fold increase in food grain production since 1947, India has moved away from its dependence on food aid to become a net food exporter. However, the country still shares a quarter of the global hunger burden. By 2011, India had been able to achieve the 2000 UN-s… Read more

Fortification to tackle iron deficient anemia – Evidence from a community-based nutrition program in Gujarat

Iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) is one of the most frequent nutritional disorders, affecting up to 1.6 billion people worldwide [i]. Bioavailable iron is essential to synthesize hemoglobin, the oxygen-transporting protein. The shortage of iron depletes hemoglobi… Read more

Why agricultural income growth is critical for young women’s nutrition

Much academic and policy interest has been generated in recent years to understand how the agricultural sector can be leveraged to address problems of malnutrition in developing countries. For improving nutrition among women in particular, agriculture─nutrit… Read more

Interacting with value chain actors: What to do when your research subjects have work to do

Levels of food loss are product and value chain specific. An important first step in determining methods and metrics to evaluate food loss of perishables was to identify the product (or products) and map the value chains. The objective of my fieldwork this summer was to… Read more

Micronutrient transmission from soils to humans

They say “we are what we eat” but can it be that we are what the soil is? Soil forms the foundation of the food we eat. It also serves as the main reservoir of the water we drink, making it the sole source of nutrients taken-in by humans. Naturally, one could argue that the fate o… Read more

Farmers’ decision making and perceived benefits of orange-fleshed sweet potato adoption

“He says orange-fleshed sweet potato has made his family healthier,” my translator, Shaktikar says as I scribble notes in a small notebook. I make sure not to disturb the iPhone pointed towards the farmer we’re interviewing. It is recording every word it can over the so… Read more

Making adolescent girls a priority, not an afterthought, in the global health debate

“In global health, we talk a lot about neglected diseases like onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis—serious ailments that most people have never heard of. But a condition that everybody is perfectly aware of, malnutrition, may be the most neglected health problem in… Read more

Bridging the gap: Soil health in Ithaca and India, from lab to field to lab

Bihar, 2018:The thick fog blanketed the city making it impossible to see any of the buildings down below. I’d been warned of the trouble with fog in the northern part of India but the inability to see anything beyond a few meters ahead of me was not something I was prepared f… Read more

Quality or quantity? Defining food loss and waste along the fruit and vegetable value chain

The FAO estimates that “one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally” (FAO, 2011). As I went about my summer exploratory work on food loss in India, I spent time reflecting on how ‘food loss and waste’ is defined. No harmonized definitio… Read more

Dietary predictors of iron-deficiency anemia in rural India

Iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) is a global, multifactorial nutritional disorder having severe health and economic implications. The burden of IDA is most prevalent in resource-limited settings that rely primarily on staple cereals and a few vegetables for nourish… Read more

Videos from the Field: Rohil Bhatnagar

During his summer of exploratory research, Rohil Bhatnagar has spent two months visiting rural villages in order to assess  dietary patterns, market-level food diversity, and nutritional awareness - especially around iron-deficiency anemia.  Learn more abou… Read more

Field notes: Visit to the Azadpur fruit and vegetable wholesale market

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12, responsible consumption and production, aims to halve worldwide food waste and reduce global food loss by 2030. When thinking about this goal, many questions arise, such as:How is food loss and food waste defined… Read more

Availability vs accessibility: New TCi researcher studies nutrient needs in food supply

TCi is delighted to welcome another new post-doctoral associate to its research team: Julia Felice. Dr. Felice will be examining national agriculture and nutrition data to elucidate elements of food insecurity that may result from inadequate availability of nutr… Read more

Digging deeper: Hunger, undernutrition and poverty linkages

A staggering 2 billion people get so little essential vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat that they remain undernourished, according to the 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released recently by TCi partner International Food Policy Research Institute (IFP… Read more