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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 ove… Read more

Video coverage of TCI’s Annual Celebration 2016                …

Video coverage of TCI’s Annual Celebration 2016                       TCI hosts its year-end annual celebration to review the year’s accomplishments, present our latest research, and share a vision for the year ahead. We also launch our Annual R… Read more

Video coverage of TCI’s Annual Celebration 2016

TCI hosts its year-end annual celebration to review the year’s accomplishments, present our latest research, and share a vision for the year ahead. We also launch our Annual Report. The event was held on Friday, December 9th, 2016. Speakers include:Welcome &… 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

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 triba… 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

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 pro… 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 I… 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 beh… 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. T… 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 In… 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 he… 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… 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