For decades the IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has assisted Member States to produce more, better and safer food by helping countries around the world to achieve enhanced agricultural outputs using nuclear technology.
The Agency helps Member States to implement modern and competitive plant breeding programmes using radiation induced mutation and efficiency enhancing bio- and molecular technologies such as in vitro techniques, molecular markers and genomics. Efforts focus on improving yield and quality by enhancing the diversification and adaptability of crops for domestic use as well as for export markets, thus contributing to income generation and socioeconomic development.
The Agency also assists Member States to improve their national food security through improved livestock productivity. Projects concentrate on efficient use of locally available feed resources, adequate management practices and breeding programmes for indigenous and upgraded animals, as well as on diagnostic tools and prophylactic measures for the control and prevention of animal and zoonotic diseases.
Joint FAO/IAEA Programme: Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture