Home > Emergencies > Nuclear

FAO in emergencies app

Download now!

Connect with us

Nuclear release and radioactivity

Nuclear release and radioactivity

FAO helps member countries prepare and respond to threats of radioactive contamination of food and the agricultural environment. The Organization subscribes to international conventions, allowing information sharing and prompt assistance for nuclear or radiological emergencies. It shares UN responsibilities in planning a response to actual, potential or perceived nuclear or radiological threats.

FAO works with the Joint FAO/International Atomic Energy Agency Division in Vienna, where the Organization’s Special Emergency Programmes Service is the focal point in response to a nuclear incident.

FAO has established a Nuclear Emergencies Crisis Network of Technical Experts, with members drawn from 11 units across the Organization, representing technical divisions and information specialists. FAO takes part in international exercises simulating nuclear incidents, to help improve preparedness. Its involvement is expected to increase over time.

In 2011, Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, followed by a tsunami, which killed thousands of people and caused significant property, infrastructure and crop loss. Damaged nuclear power plants released radiation in the country. The United Nations system responded as and where requested by the Government of Japan. FAO and the World Health Organization published frequently asked questions to food safety concerns following the emergency.

Related Topics

 - FAO, in partnership with the Department of Agricultural Extension, has distributed rice seed to 24 000 farmers in Cox’s Bazar in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ...read more
03/07/2020
 - Key points The conflict and its impact on communities are still the main driver of food insecurity in Mali, where the situation is now exacerbated by the ...read more
03/07/2020
 - Sauver des vies grâce à des moyens d’existence plus forts et résilients Compte tenu de son mandat qui prévoit d’éradiquer la faim, de sa présence stable et ...read more
03/07/2020
 - Mitigating the effects of COVID-19 to protect food security and livelihoods While health needs are an urgent and primary concern, livelihoods and food security-related impacts must not ...read more
03/07/2020
 - Atténuer l’impact de la maladie à coronavirus 2019 (covid-19) sur la sécurité alimentaire La stratégie de la FAO est axée sur le soutien aux activités de prévention ...read more
03/07/2020
 - Implementing anticipatory actions to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on food supply chains and safeguard the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable farming families. In Sierra Leone, the COVID-19 ...read more
02/07/2020
 - General situation during June 2020 and forecast until mid-August 2020.
02/07/2020
 - Rakhine State, along the western coast of Myanmar, is home to approximately 3.3 million people, many of whom depend on agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture to make ...read more
01/07/2020
 - Building food system resilience in Eastern Africa On the 17 June, the Food and Nutrition Security Resilience Programme: Building Food System Resilience in Protracted Crises (FNS-REPRO) convened ...read more
30/06/2020
 - FAO delivers agricultural inputs and cash transfers to vulnerable farmers in rural Somalia thanks to funding from the European Union’s humanitarian aid programme. The prolonged dry spell ...read more
30/06/2020
« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 ... 551