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

The Joint Division advances and supports the safe and appropriate use by FAO and IAEA Member States of nuclear and related technologies in food and agriculture, aiming to contribute to global food security and sustainable agricultural development worldwide. It does so through adaptive research and development at its own laboratories in Seibersdorf as well as through annual support and coordination of more than 25 coordinated research projects involving some 400 research institutions and experimental stations; capacity-building and technology transfer to over 200 national and regional technical cooperation projects; and technical and policy advice to policymakers.

  • Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section

    Using isotope and nuclear techniques, this Section 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. Read more →

  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

    The central work area of this Section is to assist Member States 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. Read more →

  • Animal Production and Health Section

    The Section develops, validates and applies innovative nuclear and nuclear-derived techniques for the utilisation of local feed resources and optimization of animal feeding; animal genetic evaluation and integration to breeding; enhancement of animal reproduction; and early, rapid diagnoses and control of transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases. Read more →

  • Insect Pest Control Section

    The Section assists FAO and IAEA Member States in implementing environmentally-friendly and sustainable methods to control major insect pests of crops and veterinary and human importance. It focuses on an area-wide integrated pest management approach, applying the Sterile Insect Technique where feasible to enhance food security and international trade.  Read more →

  • Food and Environmental Protection Section

    This Section works to improve food safety and quality, enhance food monitoring systems for contaminants, trace the origin of food, verify its composition and promote the commercial use of food irradiation. It also helps strengthen preparedness and response to nuclear or radiological emergencies affecting food and agriculture. Read more →