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-TARINA to hold workshop on M&E systems for organizational effectiveness

On February 24, 2017, TCI-TARINA will host a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) strategy workshop in New Delhi. Dr. Mark Constas (TCI Fellow) and Dr. Prabhu Pingali (TCI Director), both of whom are Professors of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, will lead the workshop titled "M&E Systems for Organizational Effectiveness: Why Organizations Should Care and Strategies for Engagement." Dr. Constas and Dr. Pingali will discuss the components of well-designed M&E systems and the latest technical innovations in evaluation that can improve the efficiency, accuracy, and utility of results. This workshop is the first in a series of events that are offered as a resource for organizations interested in advancing data-based solutions for development effectiveness.

TCI-TARINA and the Institute of Food Security to co-host seminar on India's National Food Security Act

On February 3, 2017, TCI-TARINA and the Institute of Food Security (Food Corporation of India, FCI) will jointly host a seminar in New Delhi titled the "National Food Security Act (NFSA) and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities." The day-long seminar will encourage policy experts to view the NFSA through a food systems lens. Among the topics to be discussed are: diversification of agricultural production across India, diversification of crops included in the Public Distribution System (PDS), and reformation of agricultural marketing for a more nutrition-sensitive NFSA. Seminar participants will include key policy experts from the Government of India and state level governments (i.e. the Ministry of Food, FCI, Ministry of Agriculture, and Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices), academia, donor agencies, and civil society organizations.