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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

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

In a social marketing scheme to promote flour fortification, relationships and demographics matter

In previous blogs, we described the accomplishments and challenges associated with the implementation of Phase-I of the Sustainable Flour Fortification Initiative (branded as “SFurtI”). This led to a very important research question: why do some people choose to… 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

Reflections from a year in the field: Sustainable livestock feeding systems in rural India

Over the last year, I was conducting fieldwork in the Kandhamal District of Odisha, India. We implemented a goat feeding experiment with Kondha tribal farmers in the forest fringe areas of Tikabali Block. Livestock management in the project area was extensive (as opp… Read more

Field notes: Finalizing the research plan

Dr. Debbie Cherney, one of TCI’s Faculty Fellows and my committee chair, was graciously supported by TCI to visit India during Spring Break 2016. Dr. Cherney had never travelled to India previously, so this was an invaluable experience for her to observe India’s lives… Read more

In Bihar, a quiet gender revolution

Amruta Byatnal is a Masters in Public Administration candidate at the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs. This summer, Amruta interned at Digital Green, where she assessed their health and nutrition intervention in the states of Bihar and Odisha- targeted towards… Read more

Oreos and Lays and Fanta, oh my: the necessary surprises of field research

By John Lowry John Lowry is a TCi intern and undergraduate senior studying biology and government. Alongside the other interns at ICRISAT, he studies individual and household dietary diversity with a special focus on the consumption of packaged foods and foods prepa… Read more

Reflections from ICRISAT: Science with a human face

TCi Intern Dora Heng recently graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Economics and minors in International Relations and Information Science. This summer, her internship is based at ICRISAT where she has been conducting household surveys on dietary diver… Read more

Cow culture: tackling taboos in field-based research

Maureen Valentine is a TCi Scholar and a second year Ph.D student in the department of Animal Science. For her research, she plans to focus on the widespread deficit of biomass for animal consumption in India. Comments in this blog are Maureen’s perspective as an… Read more

Eyes on focus groups

TCi Summer intern Dora Heng (center), a recent Economics graduate, reflects on her experience during her two weeks of village-based field work. She shares her takeaways from participating in Focus Group Discussions. (Photo features household survey. Credit: J. Am… Read more

Tangible impacts of clean water

Uttara “Tara” Gadde (left) is a TCi Intern researching the health and socioeconomic impacts of a clean water project implemented by AguaClara in rural Jharkhand. She is teamed up with TCi Scholar and Ph.D. student Shiuli Vanaja (right). After working in the tribal vil… Read more

America the– raw meat eating?—beautiful: the value of living alongside villagers

John Lowry is a TCi intern and undergraduate senior studying biology and government. As part of a team of students and translators, he collected data on the dietary habits of villagers. Below he reflects on the cultural experiences natural to spending two weeks in Indi… Read more

Telugu Essentials: Kodi Kura Cala Manci

Michaela Brown is majoring in Food Science and minoring in International Development Studies at Cornell University. As a TCi Intern, she is conducting household surveys on dietary diversity and eating out behavior for the Minimum Nutrition Dataset for Agriculture… Read more