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Information and knowledge management

The Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture plays a key role in the dissemination of information to Member States related to nuclear and related technologies in the areas of food and agriculture by providing these with factual, comprehensive and current information on strategies, techniques, products, processes and services. It provides technical support to Member States through:

Setting International Standards

These activities relate to determining and setting international directives and standards in order to promote the development and application of international standards to facilitate safe trade, such as the phytosanitary under the International Plant Protection Convention, and the sanitary under the Codex Alimentarius and other regional and international standard-setting bodies.

​​​​​​​Scientific and Technical Information

We aim to raise the appreciation and awareness of the benefits of nuclear and related technologies in food and agriculture by collecting, compiling, analysing, synthesising and disseminating technical developments and knowhow. To do so, we collate technical information; maintain databases; publish a broad range of documents, including books, scientific articles, newsletters and activities reports, thematic plans, manuals, protocols, technical reports, standard operating procedures and guidelines, and present current developments at international meetings and symposia. We also support international harmonization and standardization of critical procedures.

Strategic and Policy Advice

We aid strategic assessment of the applicability of nuclear and related technologies in food and agriculture by providing strategic and policy advice to international and national decision-making organs; animal health and plant protection organizations; and academic research and teaching institutions. We also organise expert meetings, seminars, symposia and international conferences; conduct technical feasibility and cost-benefit assessments; and participate in committees and advisory boards in developing and developed State Members.

Public information

We aim to provide comprehensive information not only to our scientific, technical and institutional audience in Member States but also to the general public. In addition to our current website, we also generate and disseminate videos & infographics, brochures, posters and articles in popular magazines. We also take part in several local information events, including the biennial Austrian Long Night of Research.


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