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These fact sheets focus on key thematic areas in the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme,  presenting them within their development context. The fact sheets explain how nuclear science and technology is used to address important development challenges, and also contain information on the Millennium Development Goals, the IAEA’s development mandate and partnerships. Each fact sheet describes how the technical cooperation programme is providing support in a particular development sector or subsector.

The Science of Soil: Using radionuclides to support soil conservation
Land degradation and soil erosion threaten agricultural productivity, food security and environmental sustainability. Because formation of new soil takes place over a period of thousands of years, in human terms it is essentially a finite resource.
Radiation Technologies: Contributing to a Cleaner Environment and Better Health Care - Industrial Waste Management and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are toxic chemicals that adversely affect human health and the environment. The IAEA is exploring new ways to use electron beam (e-beam) technology to protect the environment and reduce risks to human health.
Stable Isotope Techniques: Tackling Childhood Obesity in Chile
The IAEA through its technical cooperation programme and coordinated research activities works with Member States to address their needs in relation to malnutrition through the use of stable isotope techniques.
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Nuclear Techniques for Global Development
How the IAEA supports Member States through coordinated research activities and technical cooperation projects

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Designing Better Nutrition Programmes: The Role of Nuclear Technology
The IAEA supports the application of nuclear techniques in nutrition, in particular stable isotope techniques,
to combat malnutrition. These techniques include reference methods for assessment of body composition, bone
mineral density, human milk intake, total daily energy expenditure, micronutrient bioavailability and vitamin
A status.
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The IAEA: Contributing to the Achievements of the Millennium Development Goals

Through its technical cooperation (TC) programme, the IAEA assists Member States to achieve national development priorities in numerous fields where nuclear techniques offer advantages over others, or where nuclear techniques can usefully supplement conventional means. This leaflet provides a brief overview of how the TC programme is contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
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Agriculture and Food Security

People around the globe share a common need for a safe, nutritious and reliable supply of food. Agriculture is of fundamental importance to developing countries, because a well functioning agricultural sector is essential to ensuring food security, and agricultural products are a major source of national income. The IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), helps Member States to produce more, better and safer food using nuclear technology, while promoting the sustainable use of agricultural resources.
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Human Health

With its wide range of activities and expertise in nuclear science and medicine, the IAEA is helping Member States use nuclear techniques to address important health problems that lie at the heart of the sustainable development challenge. Through its technical cooperation programme, the IAEA supports the efforts of health care professionals and technologists, policy makers, regulators, universities and patients, and works to improve the health of people in developing countries around the world.
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Water and the Environment

In a world facing severe challenges to the environment and to water resource availability, nuclear technology can help manage and make the most of natural resources. Read about how the IAEA's technical cooperation programme is helping Member States to achieve their development priorities while monitoring and protecting the air, earth and oceans.
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