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Nuclear Science & Technology in Africa

Ghana - where cocoa trees are a prime resource - stands among countries in Africa seeing positive results from applications of nuclear science and technology through IAEA-supported programmes. (Credit: D. Kinley/IAEA)

Countries of Africa are realizing benefits from a wide range of applications rooted in nuclear science, radiation and isotope technologies, and nuclear energy. Speaking in Algiers during an official visit to Algeria, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei surveyed the regional scene in the context of the IAEA´s support through technical cooperation and research channels.

"Nearly all of the IAEA´s development activities in Africa support in some way the United Nations Millennium Development Goals," Dr. ElBaradei said. "They are also of direct relevance to the priority programmes of NEPAD, the New Partnership for Africa´s Development."

He pointed out that areas of assistance include the management of groundwater resources, crop improvement, combating the tsetse fly and other pests, treatment of cancer and communicable diseases, nutritional intervention, industrial productivity, environmental protection, and the use of nuclear power. In all these areas, IAEA assistance includes capacity-building through human resource development and the build-up of infrastructure to ensure the use of nuclear technology in a safe, secure and peaceful manner.

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Last update: 27 Jul 2017

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