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Integrated analytical approaches to ensure sustainable production of safe food










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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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    Addressing Food Safety and Quality with Nuclear Techniques 2016
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    Food safety and quality are a global concern, especially in addressing food security. The Joint FAO/IAEA Division conducts research and supports capacity building on nuclear and isotopic techniques to support food safety/ quality control systems. A significant constraint among many countries is limited laboratory capability and lack of reliable and cost effective analytical methods meeting national/international standards and guidelines.

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