FAO/IAEA Technical Co-operation Projects

The Plant Breeding and Genetics Sub-programme provides technical support to Member States through:

  • Promoting the development and application of nuclear techniques applied to crop improvement
  • Promoting the development and application of molecular markers techniques applied to mutant characterization
  • Promoting the development and application of genomic based crop breeding for an accurate and specific selection of elite varieties.

We work on transfering the use of nuclear techniques and related efficiency enhancing biotechnologies to Member States by providing technical and scientific support through Technical Co-operation Projects (TCPs) that are managed by IAEA's Department of Technical Co-operation and FAO's Technical Co-operation Department.

This transfer of technologies assists Member States in the implementation of national crop improvement programmes with specific breeding objectives or regional programmes addressing abiotic and/or biotic stresses, which represents serious threats impeding crop productivity in wide areas mostly in the developing world. Through the Technical Co-Operation Projects we also provide policy advice, e.g. drafting of individual country programme framework (cpf) and technology support in the implementation of breeding programmes based on priorities expressed by Member States. This is achieved through the provision of training (individual and groups trainings), expert services and equipment for biotechnology laboratories and breeding units.

Application forms for the formulation of IAEA and FAO projects can be respectively obtained at http://www-tc.iaea.org/tcweb/tcprogramme/default.asp and http://www.fao.org/tc/tcp/index_en.asp.

Ongoing Technical Co-operation Projects which are currently being supported by the Plant Breeding and Genetics Subprogramme are listed below.

Active TC Projects of Plant Breeding and Genetics

Country/
Region
Project No. 1st
Year
Project Title Technical Officer
Angola ANG5015 2018 Achieving Drought Tolerant Plants by Inducing Mutation with Gamma Rays K. Bimpong
Azerbaijan AZB5002 2018 Developing Mutant Cotton Breeding Lines Tolerant to Diseases, Drought and Salinity through Mutation Breeding F. Sarsu
Botswana BOT5019 2020 Improving Selected Legumes and Cereals against Biotic and Abiotic Stresses to Improve Food Production and Security K. Bimpong
Bulgaria BUL5015 2018 Increasing Productivity and Quality of Basic Food Crops F. Sarsu
Bulgaria BUL5016 2020 Improving the Productivity and Quality of Economically Important Crops through Mutation Breeding and Biotechnology F. Sarsu
Burkina Faso BKF5019 2018 Improving Food Crop Genotypes for Enhancing Yield and Adaptation to Climate Change Using Mutation Breeding and Isotopic Techniques L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Burundi BDI5001 2016 Improving Cassava Productivity through Mutation Breeding and Better Water and Nutrient Management Practices Using Nuclear Techniques K. Bimpong in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Central African Republic CAF5013 2020 Improving Productivity of Maize and Developing Resistant Armyworm Maize Varieties Using Radio-Mutagenesis Techniques S. Sivasankar
Chile CHI5052 2020 Using Nuclear Techniques to Improve the Adaptation and Productivity of Forest Species Facing Climate Change S. Sivasankar
China, People’s Republic of CPR5024 2018 Enhancing the Accelerated Application of Mutant Germplasm and High-Efficiency Breeding in Crops N. Warthmann
Colombia COL5026 2020 Enhancing Crop Productivity of Creole Potato Using Nuclear and Related Techniques K. Bimpong in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Congo, Republic of the ZAI5029 2020 Enhancing Crop Productivity of Soybean and Maize through Improved Mutant Varieties and Lines K. Bimpong
Congo, Republic of the PRC5002 2018 Developing Disease Resistant Varieties of Cassava and Banana K. Bimpong
Cote d’Ivoire IVC5039 2016 Improving Maize Production in Savannah Areas with Severe Pedoclimatic Degradation in the North of Cote d’Ivoire through the Cultivation of Induced Mutants Adapted to these Areas F. Sarsu/L. Jankuloski/I. Ingelbrecht/K. Bimpong/F. Sarsu in collaboration with Animal Production and Health
Cote d’Ivoire IVC5040 2020 Improving Agricultural Production of Maize, Rice and Cassava through Cultivation of Induced Mutant Adaptable to Climatic Changes K. Bimpong
Cuba CUB5023 2020 Strengthening National Capacities for the Development of New Varieties of Crops through Induced Mutation to Improve Food Security While Minimizing the Environmental Footprint F. Sarsu in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Eritrea ERI5011 2020 Developing Improved Banana and Maize Varieties through Mutagenic Nuclear Techniques A.M.A. Ghanim
Eswatini, Kingdom of SWA5002 2020 Improving Adaptability of Cowpea to Climate Change through Mutation Breeding L. Jankuloski
Ghana GHA5037 2018 Using Irradiated Pollen for the Development of Provitamin A Rich, Drought Tolerant and Cassava Mosaic Disease Resistant Cassava Mutants I. Ingelbrecht
Ghana GHA5038 2020 Using Irradiated Pollen for the Development of Provitamin A Rich, Drought Tolerant and Cassava Mosaic Disease Resistant Cassava Mutants I. Ingelbrecht
Honduras HON5009 2020 Improving Genetic Resistance of Coffee to Coffee Leaf Rust through Mutation Breeding L. Jankuloski
Indonesia INS5043 2018 Intensifying Quality Soybean Production to Achieve Self-Sufficiency A.M.A. Ghanim / L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Indonesia INS5044 2020 Using Nuclear Technology to Support the National Food Security Programme S. Sivasankar
Iran, Islamic Republic of IRA5014 2016 Improving Wheat Yield and Stress Tolerance for Sustainable Production L. Jankuloski
Iran, Islamic Republic of IRA5015 2020 Enhancing Capacity of National Producers to Achieve Higher Levels of Self-Sufficiency in Key Staple Crops K. Bimpong in collaboration with Food and Environmental Protection Section and Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Iraq IRQ5023 2020 Utilizing Nuclear Technology to Improve Key Legume Crops for Climate Change Adaptation K. Bimpong
Jamaica JAM5013 2018 Improving Crops by Using Experimental Mutagenesis and Diagnostic Technologies S. Sivasankar
Jamaica JAM5014 2020 Establishing a Self-Contained Gamma Irradiation Facility for the Introduction of Sterile Insect Technique and Experimental Mutagenesis and Diagnostic Technologies S. Sivasankar in collaboration with Insect and Pest Control
Kazakhstan KAZ5004 2018 Developing Drought Tolerant and Disease Resistant Wheat Varieties with Enhanced Nutritional Content Using Mutation Breeding F. Sarsu
Kenya KEN5038 2018 Using Nuclear Techniques to Evaluate and Improve the Impact of Mutated Forages on the Performance of Smallholder Dairy Cows K. Bimpong in collaboration with Animal Production and Health Section
Kuwait KUW5003 2018 Implementing Mutation Induction to Improve Barley Production under Harsh Environmental Conditions – Phase II L. Jankuloski
Kuwait KUW5005 2020 Implementing Mutation Induction to Improve Barley Production under Harsh Environmental Conditions – Phase III L. Jankuloski
Madagascar MAG5025 2018 Enhancing Biocontrol of Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze through the Development of Tolerant Rice and Maize Lines and its Links with Microbiological and Ecological Functioning of Soil L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Madagascar MAG5026 2020 Enhancing Rice and Maize Productivity through the Use of Improved Lines and Agricultural Practices to Ensure Food Security and Increase Rural Livelihoods L. Jankuloski/S. Sivasankar in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Malawi MLW5003 2018 Developing Drought Tolerant, High Yielding and Nutritious Crops to Combat the Adverse Effects of Climate Change F. Sarsu in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Malaysia MAL5031 2018 Establishing an Environmentally Sustainable Food and Fodder Crop Production System L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Malaysia MAL5032 2020 Strengthening National Capacity in Improving the Production of Rice and Fodder Crops and Authenticity of Local Honey Using Nuclear and Related Technologies F. Sarsu in collaboration with Food and Environmental Protection Section and Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Mauritania MAU5006 2016 Contributing to the Improvement of Rice Crop Yields through the Application of Nuclear Techniques to Water Management and Soil Fertility L. Jankuloski in collaboration with the Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Mauritius MAR5023 2016 Improving Landraces of Crucifers (Cauliflower and Cabbage) and Carrot through the Use of Nuclear Techniques for Mutation Breeding and Biotechnology F. Sarsu
Namibia NAM5016 2018 Developing Drought Tolerant Mutant Crop Varieties with Enhanced Nutritional Content F. Sarsu in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Namibia NAM5017 2020 Improving Crops for Drought Resilience and Nutritional Quality F. Sarsu in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Nepal NEP5006 2018 Enhancing Productivity of Corps and Fruit Employing Nuclear and Molecular Techniques K. Bimpong
Niger NER5024 2020 Improving Key Staple Crops towards Food Security S. Sivasankar
Nicaragua NIC5011 2018 Broadening the Genetic Variation of Vegetative Propagated Crops Using Nuclear Techniques F. Sarsu/K. Bimpong
Oman OMA5005 2018 Enhancing the Application of Mutation Breeding and Supporting Biotechnology Techniques for the Improvement of Important Strategic Crops A.M.A. Ghanim
Palestine PAL5009 2016 Enhancing the Performance of Durum Wheat Landraces by Induced Mutation (Phase II) L. Jankuloski
Paraguay PAR1005 Establishing National Capabilities in Irradiation Technologies for the Treatment of Patients with Burns and the Introduction of Mutation Breeding for Enhanced Quality and Productivity of Crops S. Sivasankar
Peru PER5034 2020 Improving Yellow Potato and Coffee Crops through Mutation Breeding Techniques L. Jankuloski
Qatar QAT5008 2020 Developing Best Soil, Nutrient, Water and Plant Practices for Increased Production of Forages under Saline Conditions and Vegetables under Glasshouse Using Nuclear and Related Techniques A.M.A. Ghanim in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Regional Africa RAF5076 2016 Improving Crops by Using Mutation Induction and Biotechnology through a Farmer Participatory Approach F. Sarsu
RAF5083 2020 Enhancing Crop Productivity through Climate Smart Crop Varieties with Improved Resource Use Efficiency (AFRA) S. Sivasankar/F. Sarsu
Regional Asia and the Pacific RAS0080 2018 Promoting Self-Reliance and Sustainability of National Nuclear Institutions S. Sivasankar
RAS5073 2016 Supporting Climate-proofing Rice Production Systems (CRiPS) Based on Nuclear Applications – Phase II L. Jankuloski in collaboration with the Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
RAS5075 2016 Improving Sustainable Cotton Production through Enhanced Resilience to Climate Change L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
RAS5077 2016 Promoting the Application of Mutation Techniques and Related Biotechnologies for the Development of Green Crop Varieties (RCA) K. Bimpong
RAS5079 2018 Improving Crop Resilience to Climate Change through Mutation Breeding in Pacific Islands F. Sarsu
RAS5088 2020 Enhancing Crop Productivity and Quality through Mutation by Speed Breeding (RCA) S. Sivasankar/K. Bimpong
Regional Europe RER5024 2020 Enhancing Productivity and Resilience to Climate Change of Major Food Crops in Europe and Central Asia F. Sarsu
Regional Latin America and the Caribbean RLA5068 2016 Improving Yield and Commercial Potential of Crops of Economic Importance (ARCAL CL) F. Sarsu
RLA5084 2020 Developing Human Resources and Building Capacity of Member States in the Application of Nuclear Technology to Agriculture S. Sivasankar in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section and Animal Production and Health Section
Rwanda RWA5001 2020 Improving Cassava Resilience to Drought and Waterlogging Stress through Mutation Breeding and Nutrient, Soil and Water Management Techniques F. Sarsu in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Sierra Leone SIL5020 2018 Enhancing the Concurrent Selection and Evaluation of Biofortified and Bio-enriched Varieties Derived from Mutant Rice, Cassava and other Crops K. Bimpong
Sierra Leone SIL5021 2020 Improving Productivity of Rice and Cassava to Contribute to Food Security K. Bimpong in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
South Africa SAF5016 2020 Promoting Mutation Breeding of Vegetables to Improve Rural Livelihoods — Phase I N. Warthmann
Sri Lanka SRL5050 2020 Supporting Genetic Improvement of Tea S. Sivasankar
Sudan SUD5037 2016 Applying Nuclear Techniques to Improve Crop Productivity and Livelihood of Small-scale Farmers in Drought Prone Areas F. Sarsu in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Syrian Arab Republic SYR5026 2020 Using Accelerated Mutation Breeding of Staple Crops for Enhanced Resilience to Climate Change through Speed Breeding, Phenotyping and Genotyping L. Jankuloski
Togo TOG5002 2018 Improving Crop Productivity and Agricultural Practices through Radiation Induced Mutation Techniques K. Bimpong in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Tanzania, United Rep. of URT5030 2016 Improving Rice and Barley Production through Application of Mutation Breeding with Marker Assisted Selection L. Jankuloski/F. Sarsu
Tanzania, United Rep. of URT5032 2016 Developing Maize Cultivars for Improved Yield and Resistance to Viral Disease F. Sarsu
Tanzania, United Rep. of URT5037 2020 Developing Rice Varieties with Resistance to Rice Blast and Salinity Tolerant Using Mutation Breeding and Biotechnology Techniques L. Jankuloski
Thailand THA5056 2018 Strengthening Food Safety Laboratory Capacities F. Sarsu in collaboration with Food and Environmental Protection Section
Tunisia TUN5029 2018 Developing Maize Cultivars for Improved Yield and Resistance to Viral Disease F. Sarsu
Uganda UGA5041 2018 Developing Disease Resistant High Yielding Farmer Preferred Cassava Varieties in Uganda through Induced Mutation Breeding K. Bimpong/L. Jankuloski
Vanuatu NHE5001 2018 Enhancing the Productivity and Quality of Crops through the Application of Mutation Breeding Techniques L. Jankuloski
Yemen YEM5015 2020 Enhancing Sorghum and Legume Crop Productivity through Induced Mutations with Supportive Breeding and Bio-Technologies L. Jankuloski
Zambia ZAM5031 2018 Improving the Yield of Selected Crops to Combat Climate Change F. Sarsu in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section