Food and agriculture

Nuclear technologies provide competitive and often unique solutions to help fight hunger and malnutrition, improve environmental sustainability and ensure that food is safe. The IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) work in partnership to help Member States use these technologies safely and appropriately.

We continually support more than 200 national and regional technical cooperation projects with an annual expenditure of some US $14 million. These projects help deliver to Member States technologies and capacities developed in more than 30 perpetually evolving Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs). Over 400 research institutions and experimental stations in Member States cooperate in these CRPs.

Our joint FAO/IAEA laboratories perform a broad range of applied and adaptive research and development activities. They also provide protocols, guidance, training and specialized services in a variety of areas and are a repository of reference and special biological materials.