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An innovative system for monitoring radionuclides in food and agriculture production

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    Data management and visualisation in response to large-scale nuclear emergencies affecting food and agriculture 2019
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    In a large-scale nuclear emergency affecting food and agriculture, the release of radionuclides to the environment can severely impact the food chain and human health. Up-to-date information of soil, water and crops are pertinent to informing decisions that prevent potentially contaminated products from reaching consumers. However, traditional management and visualisation of data are constrained in response times and decision-making accuracy as they are often not centralized and performed manually. Developments in information technology (IT) allow for Decision Support System (DSS) tools and algorithms to enhance real-time management of large volumes of data and decision-making in a spatio-temporal context. These IT support functions increase the capacity of stakeholders to focus on the most important matters at hand – ensuring food and consumer safety. This publication presents the challenges and solutions of real-time data management, geo-visualisation and decision making, as well as two case-studies of how innovative IT systems can assist in nuclear emergency response affecting food and agriculture. One of the case studies presented is by the Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Laboratory of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division; the other case study by Japanese Competent Authorities in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.
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    In action - Nuclear applications in agriculture
    On-the-ground success, Part V
    2021
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    The FAO-IAEA partnership, through the Joint FAO/IAEA Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, is a powerful example of interagency cooperation, unique in the UN family - a fusion of complementary mandates, common targets, joint programming, co-funding and coordinated management. Its close cooperation with both parent organizations has brought with it greater efficiency and shared approaches, responding to the needs of Member Countries and providing services and results to them and the international community at large. The Joint FAO/IAEA Centre's activities are carried out through two major delivery mechanisms: coordinated research projects and technical cooperation projects. Coordinated research projects are funded by the Joint Centre's regular budget and are implemented through global research networks; technical cooperation projects are funded by the IAEA's technical cooperation programme through voluntary contributions from Member Countries to carry out technology transfer and capacity building. A key strength of the capacity building, technology transfer and research tools supported by the Joint Centre derives from the intimate links between on-ground demand and adaptive research, as well as between institutions and farmers in Member Countries. This facilitates continuous feedback between R&D activities and field validation, as well as remedial action, if necessary, at any stage in the capacity building and technology transfer process. Through its focus on nuclear applications in food and agriculture, the Joint Centre provides dedicated solutions that contribute towards national, regional and global attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. In a world dealing with changing climates and associated extreme weather events; with emerging diseases that impact human and animal health and spread at unimaginable speed through global travel and trade; with growing populations dealing with poverty and hunger and facing scarce resources and disappearing biodiversity - this portfolio of issues and risks brings to light the urgent need for innovative technologies. Innovative technologies are providing for a better world and continue to have a major impact on finding solutions and delivering results for the global attainment of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The application of these technologies is helping to provide better nutrition, better production, a better environment and better livelihoods (the Four Betters) for the planet. This and related stories are highlighted in this biennial publication.
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    FAO COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme - Data for decision-making
    Ensuring quality data and analysis for effective policy support to food systems and Zero Hunger
    2020
    The COVID-19 health crisis is having wide-reaching effects on all parts of society, including on food systems, livelihoods and food security. Timely and reliable information is essential to anticipate and mitigate its negative impacts, in particular, to identify those areas where the pandemic is generating new and unprecedented stress. Traditionally food insecurity hotspots in emergency contexts are most affected, also due to difficulties in supplying humanitarian assistance. In addition, depending on the response to the pandemic, new pockets of food insecurity may appear, even in countries and populations that have not previously been the focus of food security crises. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FAO is reorienting and upscaling its work on data, information and analysis. Data for decision-making aims to equip countries to implement timely and effective responses to the COVID-19 crisis and promote a swift recovery thereafter. In the framework of FAO’s comprehensive COVID-19 response, the data for decision-making programme is structured around four components: Rapid, repeated assessments of the impact of COVID-19 on food insecurity, using the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES); Leveraging innovative data sources to monitor the impact of COVID-19; Adapting agricultural data collection methods to meet new demands, while maintaining the continuity of technical assistance on agricultural surveys; Evidence-based policy support for post-COVID-19 economic and social recovery.

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