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 F. Sarsu
Azerbaijan AZB5002 2018 Developing Mutant Cotton Breeding Lines Tolerant to Diseases, Drought and Salinity through Mutation Breeding F. Sarsu
Bangladesh BGD5029 2014 Evaluating Promising Abiotic Stress Tolerant Crop Mutants/Varieties and Measuring the Suitable Management Practices for the Promotion of Sustainable Production at Saline, Submergence and Drought Prone Areas L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Bulgaria BUL5014 2016 Screening of Cereal Germplasm Stress Response and Adaptation Potential by Advanced Nuclear, Omics and Physiological Approaches L. Jankuloski
Bulgaria BUL5015 2018 Increasing Productivity and Quality of Basic Food Crops F. Sarsu
Burkina Faso BKF5016 2016 Using Nuclear Techniques for Improving Rice Yield and Quality L. Jankuloski / I. Ingelbrecht in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
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 BDI0001 2014 Supporting Human Resource Development and Nuclear Technology Support Including Radiation Safety S. Nielen / I. Ingelbrecht in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Central African Republic CAF5008 2016 Improving Cassava Yield through Improved Crop Variety and Best Soil Management Practices Using Nuclear Techniques F. Sarsu / I. Ingelbrecht in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
China, People’s Republic of CPR5024 2018 Enhancing the Accelerated Application of Mutant Germplasm and High-Efficiency Breeding in Crops N. Warthmann
Congo, Democratic Rep. of the ZAI5022 2014 Developing Mutations, In vitro and Molecular Techniques for Further Dissemination to Breeders and Pharmaceutical Plant Producers to Enhance the Livelihood of Target Populations S. Sarsu / L. Jankuloski
Congo, Democratic Rep. of the ZAI5022 2014 Improving Productivity and Quality of Crops (Soybean and Maize) Using Induced Mutation and Biotechnology L. Jankuloski
Congo, Democratic Rep. of the ZAI5025 2016 Increasing Genetic Variability in Cassava and Maize for Enhanced Tolerance to Biotic and Nitrogen Stresses L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Congo, Democratic Rep. of the ZAI5026 2018 Improving Productivity and Quality of Crops (Soybean and Maize) Using Induced Mutation and Biotechnology L. Jankuloski
Congo, Republic of the PRC5002 2018 Developing Disease Resistant Varieties of Cassava and Banana S. Sivasankar
Cote d’Ivoire IVC5035 2014 Improving Maize Crops Subject to Severe Soil and Climate Degradation through Induced Mutants Adapted to these Areas F. Sarsu/L. Jankuloski
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
Ghana GHA5036 2016 Screening Oil Palm M2 Population for Useful Mutants L. Jankuloski / F. Sarsu
Ghana GHA5037 2018 Using Irradiated Pollen for the Development of Provitamin A Rich, Drought Tolerant and Cassava Mosaic Disease Resistant Cassava Mutants I. Ingelbrecht
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
Iran, Islamic Republic of IRA5014 2016 Improving Wheat Yield and Stress Tolerance for Sustainable Production L. Jankuloski
Jamaica JAM5013 2018 Improving Crops by Using Experimental Mutagenesis and Diagnostic Technologies L. Jankuloski
Kazakhstan KAZ5004 2018 Developing Drought Tolerant and Disease Resistant Wheat Varieties with Enhanced Nutritional Content Using Mutation Breeding F. Sarsu
Kenya KEN5034 2014 Using Irradiated Improved Brachiaria Grass and Dolichos Lablab Species for Increasing Quantity and Quality of Milk Production and Reproduction for Smallholder Dairy Farms in Drought Prone Areas F. Sarsu / L. Jankuloski
Kenya KEN5037 2016 Using Climate Smart Bracharia Mutants to Develop Integrated Farm Model Technologies for Improved Livelihood Among Smallholder Farmers F. Sarsu
Kenya KEN5038 2018 Using Nuclear Techniques to Evaluated and Improve the Impact of Mutated Forages on the Performance of Smallholder Dairy Cows L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Animal Production and Health Section
Kuwait KUW5002 2016 Implementing Mutation Induction to Improve Barley Production under Harsh Environmental Condition L. Jankuloski / A.M.A. Ghanim
Kuwait KUW5003 2018 Implementing Mutation Induction to Improve Barley Production under Harsh Environmental Conditions – Phase II L. Jankuloski
Lao, P.D.R. LAO5002 2016 Improving Soil Fertility and Water Use Efficiency in the Cassava-Rice-Soybean Production System under Smallholder Farming Systems L. Jankuloski in collaboration with the Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Lesotho LES5004 2014 Using Nuclear Techniques for Improvement of Crop Yield, Quality and Stress Tolerance for Sustainable Crop Production (Continuation of the on-going project) A.M.A. Ghanim
Lesotho LES5005 2016 Improving Crop Yield, Quality and Stress Tolerance for Sustainable Crop Production, Phase II A.M.A. Ghanim
Madagascar MAG5022 2012 Strengthening Food Security 0F. Sarsu / L. Jankuloski
Madagascar MAG5023 2014 Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture to Face Food Insecurity and Climate Change with Regard to Basic National Foods (Rice and Maize) F. Sarsu / L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
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
Malawi MLW5003 2018 Developing Drought Tolerant, High Yielding and Nutritious Crops to Combat the Adverse Effects of Climate Change F. Sarsu
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
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
Mozambique MOZ5007 2012 Enhancing Mutation Breeding of Sorghum and Pearl Millet to Develop High Yield, Disease Resistance and Drought Tolerance A.M.A. Ghanim
Namibia NAM5014 2016 Evaluating Efficient Water and Nutrient Use, Molecular Characterization and Nutritional Composition of Mutant Germplasm Populations F. Sarsu / S. Nielen in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
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
Nepal NEP5003 2014 Improving Crop Yield for Food Security and Economic Growth by Using Nuclear and Molecular Techniques L. Jankuloski
Nepal NEP5006 2018 Enhancing Productivity of Corps and Fruit Employing Nuclear and Molecular Techniques L. Jankuloski
Niger NER5019 2016 Improving Sesame Plant Productivity by Obtaining High-Yielding Induced Mutants Adapted to Semi-Arid Conditions I. Ingelbrecht in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Niger NER5021 2016 Using Microbial Biotechnology to Improve Productivity and Adapt Cowpea to Climate Change L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Nicaragua NIC5011 2018 Broadening the Genetic Variation of Vegetative Propagated Crops Using Nuclear Techniques S. Sivasankar
Oman OMA5004 2016 Building Capacity for the Improvement of Major Crops through Induced Mutation Using Nuclear and Related Techniques A.M.A. Ghanim / I. Ingelbrecht
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
Qatar QAT5006 2016 Enriching Genetic Diversity and Conserving Plant Genetic Resources Using Nuclear Techniques and Related Technologies A.M.A. Ghanim
Regional Africa RAF5076 2016 Improving Crops by Using Mutation Induction and Biotechnology through a Farmer Participatory Approach F. Sarsu / S. Nielen
RAF5066 2012 Improving Crops Using Mutation Induction and Biotechnology through a Farmer Participation Approach (AFRA) F. Sarsu
Regional Asia and the Pacific RAS5069 2014 Complementing Conventional Approaches with Nuclear Techniques towards Food Risk Mitigation and Post-Flood Rehabilitation Efforts in Asia S. Nielen / L. Jankuloski
RAS5070 2014 Developing Bioenergy Crops to Optimize Marginal Land Productivity through Mutation Breeding and Related Techniques (RCA) F. Sarsu / L. Jankuloski in collaboration with the Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
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
RAS5074 2016 Enhancing Wheat and Barley Productivity through Induced Mutation with Supportive Breeding and Related Biotechnology Techniques (Phase III) (ARASIA) F. Sarsu
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) L. Jankuloski
RAS5079 2018 Improving Crop Resilience to Climate Change through Mutation Breeding in Pacific Islands F. Sarsu
Regional Latin America and the Caribbean RLA5068 2016 Improving Yield and Commercial Potential of Crops of Economic Importance (ARCAL CL) F. Sarsu
Senegal SEN5034 2012 Using an integrated approach to develop sustainable agriculture in a context of degrading soil fertility, climate change and crop diversification F. Sarsu in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section
Sierra Leone SIL5017 2016 Selecting and Analysing Bio-Enriched and Bio-Fortified Rice and Cassava Lines and their Efficient Postharvest Transformation to Popular Food Products S. Sivasankar
Sierra Leone SIL5020 2018 Enhancing the Concurrent Selection and Evaluation of Biofortified and Bio-enriched Varieties Derived from Mutant Rice, Cassava and other Crops S. Sivasankar
Sri Lanka SRL5045 2014 Establishing a National Centre for Nuclear Agriculture F. Sarsu in collaboration with Animal Production and Health Section
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
Togo TOG5002 2018 Improving Crop Productivity and Agricultural Practices through Radiation Induced Mutation Techniques L. Jankuloski in collaboration with Animal Production and Health Section
Tanzania, United Rep. of URT5028 2012 Improving Crop Production and Productivity through the Use of Nuclear and Nuclear-Related Techniques L. Jankuloski
Tanzania, United Rep. of URT5029 2014 Improving Rice and Barley Production through the Application of Mutation Breeding with Marker Assisted Selection F. Sarsu / L. Jankuloski
Tanzania, United Rep. of URT5030 2016 Improving Rice and Barley Production through Application of Mutation Breeding with Marker Assisted Selection F. Sarsu / L. Jankuloski
Tanzania, United Rep. of URT5032 2016 Developing Maize Cultivars for Improved Yield and Resistance to Viral Disease F. Sarsu
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 L. Jankuloski
Vanuatu NHE5001 2018 Enhancing the Productivity and Quality of Crops through the Application of Mutation Breeding Techniques L. Jankuloski
Viet Nam VIE5020 2016 Enhancing the Capacity for Research and Applications of Nuclear Techniques in Plant Breeding L. Jankuloski
Yeman YEM5008 2007 Introduction of Gamma Ray Irradiation Techniques for Agriculture Purposes S. Sivasankar
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
Zimbabwe ZIM5021 2016 Assessing and Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Production in Communal and Newly Resettled Farms F. Sarsu in collaboration with Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section