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FAO-IAEA sign accord to strengthen cooperation

Atomic Energy agency head addresses FAO Conference

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting with Yukiya Amano, Director-General IAEA today at FAO headquarters.©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti

19 June 2013, Rome, Italy – The FAO and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which have had a strong partnership since 1964 through its Joint FAO/IAEA Division for the application of nuclear techniques in food and agriculture, have signed an agreement that aims to strengthen further the relationship.

The agencies have agreed to discuss the enhancement and modernisation of the joint FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology laboratories, situated at Seibersdorf, 35 km south of Vienna.

Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director-General, addressed the FAO Conference, the Organization’s highest governing body, which is meeting this week.

The laboratories play a key role in the implementation of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme. They specialize in research, development and transfer of nuclear techniques in the areas of soil science, plant breeding, animal production and health, insect pest control and food safety and control.

They are engaged in applied R&D activities and provide a broad range of specialized services and training of scientists from developing countries through individual fellowships and inter-regional and group training courses.

The FAO/IAEA partnership has long been considered a unique resource for addressing specialized challenges in agriculture and a successful example of inter-agency cooperation.