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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TCi wins $13.4 million grant to start TARINA

Dec 3, 2015
With thanks to the generous gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this 4 year grant establishes Technical Assistance and Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA), a consortium linking Cornell with university and nongovernmental organization partners to scale up our work promoting a more nutritious-sensitive food system in India. The TARINA project is launching this month (December 2015) with the goal to fund research and enact policy changes that enhance the availability and affordability of nutrient-rich food for the rural poor, particularly women and children.
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CIIFAD Seminar invites Tata-Cornell Program Update

Oct 21, 2015
The Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) sponsors a weekly international seminar series during the academic year. On October 21, 2015, Dr. Prabhu Pingali, Cornell Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative, presented Addressing Malnutrition in India: The Tata-Cornell Program Update. View video of event.