Tara Acharya

Dr. Tara Acharya is a Senior Manager in Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo. She works with internal stakeholders and external partners to guide and develop PepsiCo’s Policy as it relates to agriculture and health. She has a keen interest in the interface between agriculture, nutrition and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Acharya previously held the position of Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation where she worked on international development issues, making grants to promote open innovation for development and to control the spread of infectious diseases derived from animals. She has also worked as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Global Health, with a focus on public-private partnerships to meet the health needs of poor people worldwide. Dr. Acharya’s interest in science and global health took shape at the University of Toronto, where she worked on the application of biotechnology to help meet the Millennium Development Goals, and the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health.

Dr. Acharya has also been a scientist in the biotechnology industry, working in the areas of personalized medicine at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals and proteomics at Celera. She received both her PhD in biochemistry and her MPH in international health from Yale University.

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Bringing Agriculture to the UN

Last Monday, PepsiCo’s Global Health and Agriculture Policy (GHAP) team hosted a breakfast event at the UN to highlight the important role of agriculture in health and nutrition efforts. Along with our co-hosts, the United Nations Foundation and Business Council for the UN, we were pleased to provide a platform for the release of a new report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, “Bringing Agriculture to the Table.” We were joined by a panel of distinguished speakers, each of whom shared important perspectives on the intersection of agriculture, food and health. Patrick Kelley, director of the Board on Global Health for the Institute of Medicine, moderated the event. Marshall Bouton, president of the Chicago Council, gave opening remarks. Rachel Nugent, the report’s author, walked the audience through the recommendations and findings. Of note were her comments on the use of a “value chain” to identify social,... Read more

The Benefits of Chickpeas

PepsiCo’s Global Health and Agriculture Policy team recently worked with professors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to organize a meeting on Chickpea Plant and Nutrition Science in Tel Aviv, Israel. The conference brought together experts in health, agriculture, and food engineering to offer insights into the cultivation, nutritional benefits and food processing characteristics of chickpea. We were pleased to be joined by representatives from the Strauss Group, a leading Israeli food company and our partners in a joint venture under the Sabra brand, Ethiopian agriculture experts, Israeli technicians, and an expert from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The Middle East seemed a natural location to hold the meeting because its history of crop domestication and intersecting trade routes corresponds with a natural biodiversity of species. In fact, we were delighted to find wild populations of chickpea, barley, and wheat... Read more

PepsiCo at the Vision 2020 Conference

Last week, we represented PepsiCo at the Vision 2020 Conference on “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health” in New Delhi. The conference, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute, was opened by India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. PepsiCo was the only private sector sponsor of the conference, along with international development agencies and development banks. Read more