Organizational Structure and Function

The Joint FAO/IAEA Programme in Food and Agriculture is implemented through five sections of the Joint Division and corresponding laboratories at the FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratories.

The activities of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division centre around four major pillars:

Support and coordination for R&D activities: Over 500 research institutions and experimental stations in Member States cooperate in more than 30 coordinated research projects (CRPs) annually. Through these CRPs, and in order to ensure effective output and useful solutions to challenges in national and global agricultural development, the Joint Division plays a leading or central role in these research and development (R&D) activities.

Capacity building and technology transfer: The Joint Division is currently responsible for over 200 national and regional technical cooperation projects (TCPs) with an annual expenditure of some US $14 million channelled to recipient countries for the purpose of technology transfer and capacity building.

Laboratory support and technical assistance: Besides carrying out applied R&D, the laboratories provide a broad range of specialized services and train scientists through courses in various disciplines that are supported by fellowships and scientific visits. They also provide guidance on the introduction of analytical quality controls and assurance into counterpart laboratories, and training in the maintenance of laboratory equipment and instruments. They are also a repository of reference and special biological materials that are made available to Member States.

Policy advice and knowledge dissemination: In addition to encouraging the direct transfer of skills and technology, the Joint FAO/IAEA Division provides technical and policy advice to policymakers, as well as a variety of information services. These include conferences, symposia, seminars and advisory group panels. It also issues both technical and general public information documents which arise from these meetings as well as from CRPs and TCPs. The Division also maintains contact with Members States through the publication of periodic newsletters, reviews and web sites.

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