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Welcome to the first edition of the TCI Newsletter. This monthly email features the latest news and events of interest to TCI staff, scholars, faculty fellows, and alumni. If you have news you’d like to be shared in a future newsletter, please send it to Dan Verderosa at
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2019-20 Annual Report Published

TCI’s latest annual report, featuring updates on research and activities from the past year, is now available online.
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Scholar Writes Chapter on Soil Testing

Kavya Krishnan, faculty fellow Harold Van Es, and others co-authored a chapter in Soil Analysis: Recent Trends and Applications.
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Sweet Nutrition

Kathryn Merckel studies the introduction of vitamin A-rich, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes in northern India.
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Food Systems in the Climate Change Era

Anaka Aiyar and Jessica Ames present the “technology-plus” approach for dealing with India’s food systems challenges amidst climate change.
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Cash to Mouth

Anna David Thottappilly discusses her research on programs that aim to improve nutrition outcomes through income enhancement.
  • Shiuli Vanaja passed her final PhD exam. 
  • Kiera Crowley was accepted into the soil and crop sciences PhD program at Cornell University and will be a TCI scholar.
  • Soumya Gupta, Naveen Sunder, and Prabhu Pingali authored a paper on market access, production diversity, and diet diversity that will appear in the Food Nutrition Bulletin.
  • Mathew Abraham and Prabhu Pingali authored a paper on pulses shortages in India that will appear in the Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies. They also authored a chapter on climate change and food security in the book, Population, Agriculture, and Biodiversity: Problems and Prospects.
  • Shubh Swain authored an op-ed for LiveMint that discusses the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic will likely have on women in developing countries.
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