Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (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 Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (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 holds public policy panel discussion in New Delhi on food systems diversity to celebrate the inauguration of TARINA

Aug 15, 2016
A public policy panel discussion on “Promoting Diversity in Food Systems for Improved Nutrition Outcomes in India” was held in New Delhi on August 5th to celebrate the inauguration of the TARINA project. The debate was led by six distinguished speakers representing the government, academic and donor community. Deliberations focused on key challenges that constrain the ability to create a more diversified food system in India, as well as potential opportunities for initiating policy reforms that will help address these challenges in the future. Read more

BioVoice News: TARINA addresses need to enhance access to high quality and value food in India

Aug 8, 2016
From the BioVoice News Desk, "Leading experts from India and abroad gathered in New Delhi recently to deliberate on the important subject of agriculture diversity and its impact on the availability of nutrition to the masses." This was TARINA's inaugural public policy forum. Speakers included Dr. Prabhu Pingali (Director, Tata-Cornell Institute), Dr. Purvi Mehta (BMGF); Mr. Suresh Pal (Member, CACP); Dr. P K Joshi (Director, IFPRI-South Asia); Dr. Ashok Gulati (Infosys Chair Professor, ICRIER); and Dr. Shobha Shetty (Practice Manager, The World Bank-SAO); amongst many others. The event was held on Friday, August 5th. Read more

Joint Tata-Cornell - ICRISAT study shows food gender bias with female adolescents diet deficient despite households being diet sufficient

Aug 3, 2016
The study on understanding the existing patterns of intra household allocation of food and nutrition dynamics was conducted by four students from Cornell University as part of their seven-week TCI summer internship hosted by ICRISAT. Initial findings revealed that female adolescents were diet deficient despite households being diet sufficient, while male adolescents were diet sufficient even if the households were diet deficient. This indicates a clear gender bias in terms of allocation of food and consequently nutrition.
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