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 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
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
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