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Visiting the Marketplace: Pilot Testing Our Novel Market Level Dietary Diversity Module

Dora Heng recently graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Economics and minors in International Relations and Information Science. She is a TCi Intern at ICRISAT, working on individual-, household- and market-level dietary diversity. After completing h… Read more

Heartbeat of the Household: My first selfie with the women of Jharkhand

Uttara “Tara” Gadde recently graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Biology, Health & Society and a minor in Policy Analysis & Management.  As a TCi Intern, she will be evaluating the health and socioeconomic impacts of a clean water project i… Read more

“If You Could Have Utensils as Fingers…”

Michaela Brown is a rising sophomore majoring in Food Science and minoring in International Development Studies.  This summer she is working on dietary diversity and the Minimum Nutrition Dataset for Agriculture (MNDA) with a team of ICRISAT staff and fellow TCi In… Read more

Welcome to ICRISAT: Science with a Human Face

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. Below, John recounts the intern team’s introduction to ICRISAT and the spirit behin… Read more

Continuity of fieldwork

By Alex Córdova and Rebecca Chew (TCI Interns in 2014 & 2015) TCI Intern 2014 Alex Córdova (3rd from left) and our new 2015 intern Rebecca Chew (extreme left) met on a SMART project in South Africa. Soon Rebecca will be continuing the work Alex started while at TCi. The… Read more

The promise of iron-fortified food for India: What’s available?

TCi intern Alex King spent the summer in Mumbai researching and advancing TCi’s understanding of the iron-fortified food market. TCi is working to develop new products, partnerships and/or opportunities for promoting iron-fortified foods for rural and urban Indi… Read more

Analysis of MNDA pilot continues

TCi summer intern Nathaniel “Alex” Cordova, a graduate student in public administration, discusses the analysis phase of the work that was undertaken late in the summer after the fieldwork phase was complete. Read up onTCi’s Minimum Nutrition Dataset work here and… Read more

Reflecting on this summer’s MNDA data collection: Our indispensable enumerators

TCi intern Andrew Pike (pictured in white hat), a student of applied economics and management at Cornell, reflects on his participation during the final phase of this summer’s Minimum Nutrition Dataset for Agriculture (MNDA), dietary diversity module pilot test… Read more

The first round of MNDA dietary diversity data collection concludes: Reflections from Dokur

TCi intern Christian DiRado-Owens, a development sociology student at Cornell University, reflects on the first round of data collection in the field. Christian is among five interns and TCi staff members who are spending the summer in India testing the dietary dive… Read more

Pre-testing the MNDA: Our first few weeks in India

TCi intern Katy Merkel (pictured right, with fellow TCi intern Amrita Rao, left, and two ICRISAT field investigators) reflects on her first two weeks in the field where she and four other interns, in addition to TCi staffers, are hard at work pilot testing the dietary di… Read more

“No, we are not from Tata-Cornell hospital!”

TCi Scholar Soumya Gupta, a Ph.D. candidate in applied economics and management at Cornell University, delivers an update on her fieldwork in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, India, where she is studying how women’s empowerment and participation in agric… Read more

Household lists: Check. Community outreach: Check. Recruitment: Check.

TCi Scholar Soumya Gupta, a Ph.D. candidate in applied economics and management at Cornell University, delivers an update on her fieldwork in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, India, where she is studying how women’s empowerment and participation in agric… Read more

“Our main interest is to spread what we’ve learned to others”

TCi ScholarLua Wilkinson is a doctoral student in International Nutrition at Cornell, where she researches how organizations can better utilize communications to improve nutrition interventions globally. Here, she details some of her work with TCi partner Digit… Read more

Cover crop trials for cotton

TCi Scholar Vinay Bhaskar, a Ph.D candidate in horticulture at Cornell, is conducting field trials for cover crops that can replenish the Maharashtra region’s rapidly depleting soil organic matter content. Here, he shares some of his experiences in the field… Read more

Linking women’s empowerment, iron deficiency and farming systems in Chandrapur, Maharashtra

TCi Scholar Soumya Gupta , a Ph.D. candidate in applied economics and management at Cornell University, reports about her fieldwork in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, India, where she is studying how women’s empowerment and participation in agriculture d… Read more

Subsidized food grains make a difference for the rural poor

TCi director Prabhu Pingali set out on a 4,000 km journey across four states to conduct interviews with farmers in more than 20 locations throughout India. Here are some of his reflections about a trip to the eastern states of Odisha and Jharkhand. I am on my third week of… Read more

Aspirations and evolving diets of the rural poor

TCi director Prabhu Pingali set out on a 4,000 km journey across four states to conduct interviews with farmers in more than 20 locations throughout India. Here are some of his reflections about a trip to Wardha, Maharashtra. As we were driving into a remote village in th… Read more