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Aquaculture and fish-focused internship yield net gains

Summer internships offer students experiential learning opportunities “that enhance and complement their career goals and academic progress, while enriching their undergraduate experience with diverse cultural and international immersion.” The Tata-Corne… Read more

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

Tata-Cornell Institute’s co-authors launch new book on food systems in India

Co-authors from the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition and the Dyson School have published a new book, Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India, as a reflection of the institute’s key intellectual results and research works undertaken within… 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

Podcast shows how piped-in water changes lives

The latest episode of the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series, explains the impact of clean, piped-in water on women and girls in India. A recording and transcript of the podcast is available here.   This story originally appeared in the Cornell Chronicle.  Pho… Read more

‘Clean Water’ – a podcast episode on what makes us human

This is an episode from the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast’s fourth season, “What Does Water Mean for Us Humans?” from Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences. Prof. Prabhu Pingali explains the impact of clean, piped-in water on women and girls in India. Re… 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

Is my time the same as your time? A note on the concept of time in Indian villages

Many of us conducting research in development economics deal with different types of data sets for our analysis. We generally have two options for empirical research in development economics: either we can use available secondary data sources, or we can go and collec… Read more

Video Coverage for 2017 Annual Celebration

At the end of each year, the Tata-Cornell Institute holds a special event to publically report on our research findings as well as to share project updates from our field locations in India. We also launch our Annual Report.  The event was held on Friday, December 8th, 2… Read more