Tag: TCI

Decoding open defecation: Relevance of early findings for field and policy

In my previous blog,
I described the prevalence and predicaments of open defecation (OD) in India. For
my PhD thesis, I am working with GDS to make villages open defecation free
(ODF) by investing in construction of toilets as well as bringing about a
behavior change and …

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Field visit to study market diversity in Eastern Uttar Pradesh

On the 4th of July, I traveled to the Maharajganj
District of Eastern Uttar Pradesh with three other TCI colleagues to study
market diversity in the Pharenda Block. Our objective was to observe the
variety of foods available in four markets and then convert this information
into quantitative data …

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Emerging themes on developing a diversified food system in Odisha

Odisha’s agriculture sector is
largely dependent on small and marginal farmers, which comprise almost 80 percent
of total farmers. Paddy is the
staple cereal crop in the state, while other cereals and pulses account for a
much smaller share of the gros…

Field notes: Visit to the Azadpur fruit and vegetable wholesale market

The United
Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12
, responsible consumption and production, aims to halve worldwide
food waste and reduce global food loss by 2030. When thinking about this goal,
many questions arise, such as:How is food loss and food waste defined?What metrics and methods are used …

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What are the obstacles and opportunities in rural areas to achieving a “Cashless India”?

On 8 November 2016, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a demonetization policy not only to eliminate black currency, but also to promote a digital and cashless economy. The “Cashless India” and “Digital India” initiatives propose to reduce corruption at all levels of society by …

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Food and agricultural policies: State governments as innovators

In a previous
blog
, I talked about the changes in the agriculture and food policy at the
national level. It is evident that the newer changes in India’s food policy
landscape suggest a greater ‘stepping in’ of the state in the contemporary “food
regime”. This has …

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From food security to reducing malnutrition: Misplaced policy priorities

A
more nuanced understanding of how food and agricultural policies in India have
evolved over time could be a very useful guide in understanding why nutritional
outcomes continue to fare poorly. It is a widely accepted fact that the
agricultural sector remains key to improved nutritional status. However, given
the …

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Reflections from a year in the field: Sustainable livestock feeding systems in rural India

Over the last year, I was conducting fieldwork in the
Kandhamal District of Odisha, India. We implemented a goat feeding experiment
with Kondha tribal farmers in the forest fringe areas of Tikabali Block.
Livestock management in the project area was ex…

Combating open defecation through a community-led sanitation approach in rural India

Every year, 188,000 children under five in India die due to diarrhea-related illnesses. This catastrophic burden on children’s health is largely due to the fact that over a third of the Indian population defecates in the open. Open defecation (OD) also has strong …

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TARINA Consortium Partners

BAIF Development Research Foundation
CAIR India
Cornell University
Emory University
Grameen Development Services
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Tata Trusts
Tata Institute of Social Sciences(TISS)