TCI-TARINA to hold workshop on M&E systems for organizational effectiveness
Feb 1, 2017
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
Jan 1, 2017
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.
In the August 2016 e-Magazine by BioVoice News, reporter Rahul Koul captures his conversation with TCI Director Dr. Prabhu Pingali during his latest visit to India for the TARINA work, including promoting policy dialog on the role of agriculture in addressing malnutrition. Read more
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
In this latest interview, TCI Director Dr. Prabhu Pingali talks with Business Today - a popular media outlet in India - to discuss agriculture policy and the food system as they relate to positive nutrition outcomes for India's future. Read more
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
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. Read more
The TARINA Consortium carried out a Food Systems Diagnostic Study (FSDS) in targeted project locations from February through early March 2016. The broad goal of the FSDS was to understand the local food systems contexts in which TARINA will be implemented. Designed as a rapid assessment exercise, the FSDS supports efforts to refocus agricultural projects and programs for better nutrition outcomes and to sharpen data collection for monitoring and evaluating project outcomes. Read more
The Program in International Nutrition (PIN) Seminar at Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences organizes a seminar series which meets throughout the academic year. On Thursday, April 14th, 2016, TCI Director Dr. Prabhu Pingali presents on "Promoting a more nutritious food system in India - the role of smallholder agriculture." (12:20-1:10 p.m. in Savage Hall 100) Read more
News of TARINA, our $13.4M Gates Foundation grant to help combat malnutrition in India, was featured on page 3 in the "Around the Quad" section of the latest edition of periodiCALS, the magazine of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Vol 6, Issue 1, 2016, page 3). Read more
TCI Team Continues to Grow
Jan 28, 2016
We are pleased to announce a new member of the Tata-Cornell team. Ms. Sandy Stickler is joining the TCI staff as an Administrative Assistant. We are glad to have you on board. Welcome to TCI!
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is proud to announce the winner of the inaugural Paula Kantor Award for Excellence in Field Research. Dr. Soumya Gupta - the first TCI Scholar to complete her Ph.D. in our program and currently a Post-doctoral Associate with Tata-Cornell - was selected for this award in January 2016. Dr. Gupta's Ph.D. research examined the extent to which women’s empowerment in rural communities of central India is influenced by agricultural management practices and how these practices, in turn, influence the quality of women’s diet and their vulnerability to iron deficiency. Congratulations Soumya! Read more
From the 14th-16th of December 2015, the TARINA Consortium met for the first time in New Delhi to discuss and agree on areas of intervention, research and activities that will be carried out under the project’s three main objectives. Read more
News of the $13.4 grant to launch the TARINA project goes global through this news piece in The Economic Times, a widely read, English-language Indian daily newspaper. It is the second-most widely read business newspaper after the Wall Street Journal (*). Read more
With thanks to the generous gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this four-year grant establishes Technical Assistance and Research for Indian Nutrition and Agriculture (TARINA), a consortium linking Cornell with university and non-governmental organizations to scale-up our work promoting a more nutrition-sensitive food system in India. TARINA 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. Read more
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 Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, presented Addressing Malnutrition in India: The Tata-Cornell Program Update. View video of event.
Padmakumar of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) spoke about his research experiences involving smallholder livestock production in India. He is a livestock specialist currently managing the TATA-ILRI Programme on Enhancing Livelihoods Using Livestock Knowledge Systems. The event was held on Tuesday, October 2nd from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m on the Cornell University campus (Mann 102) and was organized by TCI Scholar Maureen Valentine. Read more
In this Cornell faculty panel convened by the Dyson School Invited Seminar series and TCI, professors Ron Herring, Ravi Kanbur, Prabhu Pingali and Eswar Prasad presented an economic and political assessment of the first phase of the Modi government. The event was held on Friday, September 25th, 2015 from 10:30 a.m to 12:00 noon in 102 Mann. It was widely attended. View video of the event.Read more
TCI Summer Internship experience is featured in periodiCALS: the magazine of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Vol 5, Issue 2, 2015). Read more
New Members of the TCI Team
Aug 3, 2015
We are pleased to announce two newcomers to the Tata-Cornell Institute. Ms. Megan Witwer joins the TCI staff as a Research Support Specialist and Dr. Mathew Abraham has come on board as a TCI Fellow. Welcome to TCI!
2015 marks a special year for us – our first graduates! We are very proud of our scholars, researchers and interns who completed their degrees. Distinguished recognition goes out to Dr. Soumya Gupta, Ph.D in Applied Economics. Congratulations! Read more
Attention Young Indian Scholars! TCI is offering a unique funding opportunity to attend the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security, hosted at the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY on October 11-14, 2015. Young Indian scholars (Indian citizens, based in India) who have an accepted paper/poster and who have completed the application for funding will be considered. Students will be given priority, but young professionals (within 10 years of their Ph.D.) will also be eligible. The deadline to submit abstracts and this application for funding is May 8th, 2015. Read more
This issue of the magazine highlights high-tech solutions to combat hunger. As a featured interview for the cover story, Dr. Prabhu Pingali discusses his optimism for meeting future food needs, but calls on policymakers to look broadly at the food system to better integrate agriculture and nutrition outcomes and ensure rural inclusion and women’s participation. Read more
The Cornell Chronicle covered our Annual Event on Friday, December 5th. The event featured student research presentations and comments from our partners and supporters, highlighting the work and accomplishments of TCI in its first year. Read more
We are pleased to share this year’s annual report! To learn more about our accomplishments and understand where we hope to go next, be sure to check out the Research Highlights and Beyond 2014 sections. Many thanks to our partners, affiliates and supporters for making our first year a success! Read more
The TCI blog has gotten a makeover. Visit our blog where we will continue to offer regular updates on our work through progress reports and features like Field Notes. And follow @TataCornell on Twitter for even more frequent updates and links to content you care about. Read more
TCI summer intern Nathaniel “Alex” Cordova, a graduate student in public administration, discusses the analysis phase of the work that was undertaken late in the summer after the fieldwork phase was complete. Read more