The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is a long-term research initiative focusing on the design and evaluation of innovative interventions linking agriculture, food systems, human nutrition, and poverty in India.
TCI was established with a $25 million USD endowment given to Cornell University from the Tata Education and Development Trust, a philanthropic branch of the Tata Group. The endowment was made possible by the vision of Mr. Ratan Tata, the chairman of India’s Tata Group and a Cornell alumnus from the class of 1962.
About the Tata Group
Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata Group has pioneered several industries of national importance in India, ranging from steel and power to hospitality. Today, the group comprises over 100 operating companies in seven business sectors and has operations in more than 80 countries across six continents.
Two-thirds of the equity of Tata Sons, the Tata promoter holding company, is held by philanthropic trusts that have created national institutions for science and technology, medical research, social studies and the performing arts. The trusts also provide aid and assistance to non-government organizations in the areas of education, healthcare and livelihoods. Tata companies also extend social welfare activities to communities around their industrial units. The combined development-related expenditure of the trusts and the companies amounted to 3 percent of the group’s net profits in 2011.
The group was awarded the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2007 in recognition of its long history of philanthropic activities.