Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India

The Indian growth story is paradoxical—despite notable economic progress, persistent food insecurity, malnutrition, and high levels of stunting make India an outlier among developing countries. Growing problems of obesity, regional inequality, and climate change compound these issues, threatening a future public health crisis.

Using a food systems lens, Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India explores the opportunities and challenges to achieving a nutrition-secure future through more diversified production systems, improved health and hygiene, and greater individual access to balanced diets. The authors bring together the latest data and scientific evidence to map out the current state of Indian food systems.

The seminar will review these findings and discuss the interventions needed to promote a nutrition-sensitive food system and address the triple burden of malnutrition as we look ahead to 2050.

    Presenters

    • Prabhu Pingali, Director, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Cornell University
    • Mathew Abraham, Assistant Director,  Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Cornell University
    • Anaka Aiyar, Post-Doctoral Associate, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Cornell University
    • Andaleeb Rahman, Post-Doctoral Associate,  Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Cornell University

    Discussant

    • Uma Lele, International Policy Expert, President Elect, International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

    Moderator

    • Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Director of Communications and Public Affairs & Chief of Staff in the Director General’s Office, IFPRI

    Light lunch will be available at 11:45am. Event begins promptly at 12:15pm.