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In action - Nuclear applications in agriculture

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    Extreme weather events and shifting weather patterns are just some of the consequences of climate change. Agriculture, deeply reliant on climate stability, is facing far-reaching and grave challenges. Agrifood systems have the unique potential to tackle climate change and its impacts. The Joint FAO/IAEA Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture (Joint FAO/IAEA Centre) guides actions to transform agrifood systems towards greener and climate resilient practices through the application of nuclear techniques and biotechnologies. These can be effective solutions to build resilience and mitigate emissions in the agrifood sector. By supporting and coordinating R&D activities, aimed at building, transferring technologies, and providing policy advice to Member Countries, the Joint FAO/IAEA Centre aims to optimise and strengthen the capacities of Member Countries in using nuclear techniques and biotechnologies , helping to improve agricultural resilience, and facilitating adaptation to the challenges posed by climate change.
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    Controlling Pest Fruit Flies by releasing sterile male insects 2015
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    Several species of Tephritidae have a greater impact on global agricultural horticulture trade than almost any other pest. The Joint FAO/IAEA2 Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture helps Member States control invasive pest fruit flies by providing technical and scientific support and transferring nuclear and related technologies to reduce losses in fruit and vegetable production, minimize insecticide use, preserve biological diversity.
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    FAO/IAEA International Symposium on Applications of Gene-based Technologies for Improving Animal Production and Health in Developing Countries 2004
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    The symposium was held from 6 to 10 October 2003 in Vienna. One hundred and thirty scientists and decision-makers from 60 Member States participated in the Symposium. A total of 44 oral and 33 poster presentations were made. The programme consisted of opening addresses, an opening session to set the scene and four scientific sessions covering, respectively, animal breeding and genetics; animal health; animal nutrition; and environmental, ethical, safety and regulatory aspects of gene-based techn ologies. There were also three panel discussions. In the opening address session, three distinguished speakers (Werner Burkart, DDG and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, IAEA; Samuel Jutzi, Director, Animal Production and Health Division, FAO; and James Dargie, Director, FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Applications in Food and Agriculture) presented their views. Mr Burkart stressed the importance of the close relationship between FAO and IAEA for enabling the exploitation and deployment of nuclear technologies in food and agriculture. Mr Jutzi stressed the challenges and opportunities faced by animal agriculture globally, and emphasized the importance and nature of specific and general development policy measures for enhancing the impact of gene-based technologies in animal agriculture in developing countries. Mr Dargie emphasized the need for training, technical support and capacity building in developing countries for enabling the application of gene-based tec hnologies in key areas of the livestock sector.

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