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Nuclear Technologies in the Fight against Poverty

Fruits and Vegetables for sale at a market

The IAEA assists countries to improve crop and livestock productivity, and to enhance food safety and quality through nuclear methods. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

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Nuclear methods applied to agriculture are enabling millions of farmers in poor countries to grow more crops and rear healthier livestock. Such technology - long supported by the IAEA and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - is having a direct impact on poverty and hunger.

A series of stories are featured on the FAO website that look at agricultural progress being made through applications of nuclear science and technology.

The FAO and IAEA have worked together through a joint programme since 1964. Their work includes supporting research and technical cooperation projects and operating an Agriculture & Biotechnology Laboratory at the IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria.

The features include:

  • How hi-tech nuclear science is feeding the poor.


  • What is agricultural nuclear technology?


  • Scientists target better seeds for the poor.


  • Nigerian scientist learning nuclear ways.


  • Ethiopian fly factory guns for "poverty insect".

See Story Resources for more information and links to featured reports.