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Future Vision

The persistence of widespread food insecurity, unsafe and poor quality food, as well as malnutrition – especially with continuing pressure on natural resources and concerns over the sustainability of ecosystems – highlights the need for the continuing safe and appropriate use of nuclear and related technologies in agriculture.

Chief among the many challenges are climate change and associated extreme weather events; deterioration of soil fertility; increasing pollution; changes in land use; water scarcity; transboundary outbreaks of invasive animal and plant pests and diseases; increasing global public health and trade demands on food safety; and the continuing loss of biodiversity needed for agricultural production.

Thanks to the foresight of Member States and their long-standing support of this unique and beneficial partnership, the Joint Centre will continue to assist nations in identifying, developing and applying cutting-edge nuclear technologies that will enable them to keep pace with the many agricultural challenges they face, while at the same time improving food security and the sustainability of natural resources.

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