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Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture (AGE)

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Nuclear technologies provide competitive and often unique solutions to help fight hunger, reduce malnutrition, improve environmental sustainability and ensure food safety and authenticity. FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) work in partnership to assist member countries in using these technologies safely and appropriately.

The Joint Division coordinates and supports applied research through more than 25 coordinated research projects where over 400 international and national research institutions and experimental stations cooperate. It also supports more than 200 national and regional technical cooperation projects to transfer these technologies to member countries. Unique to the United Nations is the FAO/IAEA Agriculture & Biotechnology Laboratories, which perform applied and adaptive R&D and develop standards, protocols, guidelines, training and specialized services.

Our vision

A world where peaceful use of nuclear and related technologies contribute to global food security and sustainable agricultural development.

Areas of activity


Nuclear and related technologies in
Livestock production and health


Nuclear and related technologies in
Food safety and quality

 

Nuclear and related technologies in
Plant breeding

 


Nuclear and related technologies in
Insect pest control


Nuclear and related technologies in
Land and water management


Nuclear and related technologies in
Climate-smart agriculture


Nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness


Agricultural research and development


Technical cooperation

Offices/Contacts of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division

The Joint FAO/IAEA Division operates with a team of about 100 scientists, technical experts and support personnel divided among offices, sections and laboratories. It is based in Vienna, Austria

Office of the Director

Advances and supports the safe and appropriate use by member countries of nuclear and related technologies in food and agriculture, aiming to contribute to global food security and sustainable agricultural development worldwide.

Contact: Mr Liang Qu, Director

Animal Production and Health

Develops, validates and applies innovative nuclear and nuclear-derived techniques for local feed resources and feed optimization; animal genetic evaluation and integration to breeding; enhancement of animal reproduction; and early, rapid diagnoses and control of transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases.

Contact: Mr Gerrit Viljoen

 

Food and Environmental Protection

Works to improve food safety and quality, enhance food monitoring systems for contaminants, trace the origin of food, verify its composition and promote commercial use of food irradiation. It also helps strengthen preparedness to radiological emergencies affecting food and agriculture.

Contact: Mr Zhihua Ye

Insect Pest Control

Assists member countries in implementing environmentally-friendly and sustainable methods to control major insect pests of crops and veterinary and human importance, with focus on area-wide integrated pest management incorporating the Sterile Insect Technique to enhance food security and international trade.

Contact: Mr Rui Cardoso Pereira

Plant Breeding and Genetics

Assists member countries in the design and implementation of innovative and effective plant breeding programmes using radiation-induced mutation through, for instance, gamma rays and X-rays, mutation detection and pre-breeding technologies, to enhance food security and sustainable crop production systems worldwide.

Contact: Mr Ljupcho Jankuloski

Soil and Water Management

Works to improve resource use efficiency by crops and in cropping-livestock systems, and to protect soil and water resources for sustainable and climate-smart agriculture. It also helps strengthen preparedness and response to nuclear or radiological emergencies affecting food and agriculture.

Contact: Ms Lee Kheng Heng

Nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness

Helps strengthen preparedness and response by member countries to nuclear or radiological emergencies affecting food and agriculture.

Contact: Mr Carl Blackburn