Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi)

More than Half the Sky

Maharashtra farmer grows sorghum, a traditional grain that is climate-resilient and rich in micronutrients

Midday meals improve nutritional status of school children

TCi works with women’s self-help groups to mobilize change

In India, 75 million women are engaged in the livestock sector (five times more than men)

Women are the backbone of the agricultural workforce

TCi conducts field-based research, including household surveys in rural villages


The Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi) is a long-term research initiative focused on solving problems of poverty, malnutrition, and rural development in India.

We are established with a generous gift from the Tata Trust to conduct multidisciplinary research, and to facilitate research grants and fellowships to prominent student and professional researchers at Cornell, in India, and across the globe. Learn more.

Multidisciplinary Research

Led by Dr. Prabhu Pingali, TCi Scholars and Fellows work alongside partner institutions in India and globally to address the agriculture-nutrition nexus.  Our research priorities include:


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Inaugural policy panel to launch TARINA in New Delhi this August

Inaugural policy panel to launch TARINA in New Delhi this Summer
May 27, 2016
The TCi is preparing to hold an inaugural public policy panel discussion in New Delhi this August to launch the TARINA project. This event will engage the larger community of policy influencers, researchers and development practitioners leading local, national and global efforts towards promoting a more diversified food system in India for improved nutrition outcomes. Experts from academia, policymakers, development professionals and the media are expected to take part in the deliberations to identify policy challenges that constrain the project’s goal of creating a more nutrition-sensitive food system in India, and to initiate dialogue around opportunities for evidence-based policy reforms toward achieving this goal. More details to come.

The first TCi Distinguished Lecture features Dr. Hans Binswanger-Mkhize

Apr 26, 2016
 Dr. Hans Binswanger gave the first TCi Distinguished Lecture on his forthcoming paper titled The Impact of Urban Growth on Agricultural and Rural Non-Farm Income in Kenya. Dr. Binswanger is among the top ten Agricultural Economists in the World. This first TCi Distinguished Lecture is hosted by the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi) in conjunction with the Cornell International Institute of Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) and the Dyson Seminar Series. The seminar was held on Monday, April 25, 2016 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in 401 Warren Hall. 
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