On May 14, 2015, the World Bank Group is hosting a seminar, Agricultural Pathways Towards Improved Nutrition: the Tata-Cornell Program in Washington, DC. The seminar is jointly organized by the Agriculture Chapter of 1818 Society, India Agricultural Group, Agriculture Global Practice and SecureNutrition. All are welcome to attend the discussion, which will be led by Dr. Prabhu Pingali, Professor and Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative at Cornell University.
The Tata-Cornell initiative comes at a time when agriculture and nutrition are at the top of the policy debate and political agenda in India. There is growing realization, in the country, that despite strong economic growth, the incidence of poverty, hunger and malnutrition continue to be stubbornly high, and require deliberate actions that address the agriculture-nutrition nexus for the lagging regions and the people left behind. Prabhu Pingali will describe the analytical and action research work that TCi is engaged in and the policy outreach activities that are being pursued in India. Further information on TCi can be found at http://tci.cals.cornell.edu.
The Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi) is a long-term 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.
Dr. Prabhu Pingali is Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University and the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative. Prior to joining Cornell in June 2013, he was the Deputy Director, Agriculture Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle Washington, from 2008-May 2013. Pingali was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Fellow in May 2007. He was the President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) from 2003-2006. He was elected Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 2006 and of the International Association of Agricultural Economists in 2009. He was named the “2010 Outstanding Alumnus” of North Carolina State University. He has received several international awards for his work including the Research Discovery Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association.