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Proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Production, Comercialization and Industrialization of Plantain Strategies of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme for the Use of Induced Mutations for Achieving Sustainable Crop Production in Member States. In: Proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Production, Comercialization and Industrialization of Plantain, Manizales, Colombia, 28 August - 2 September 2005
Edited by Mba, C., Afza, R., Lagoda, P.J.L. and Dargie, J. (2005) ISBN 958-97486-2-9: 281-291.

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Summary

The Joint FAO/IAEA Programme of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture has since its establishment in 1964 assisted Member States of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the use of nuclear techniques and related biotechnologies for developing improved strategies for sustainable food security. This is done through the coordination and support of research; provision of technical and advisory services; provision of laboratory support and training; and the collection, analysis and dissemination of information in the areas of crop improvement; soil and water management; insect pest control; animal health and production; and food and environmental safety. These interventions have continued to contribute immensely to sustainable livelihoods in many countries of the world. The scope of our paper is however restricted to a description of our strategies for supporting research and development (R&D) as well as capacity building in developing superior crop varieties. In vitro and molecular biology techniques are recognized as tools that lead to efficiency in time and costs in crop improvement programme.

This paper also describes our strategies in the provision of services and training in these areas as vehicles for empowering Member States for the sustainable adoption and use of these technologies. Further, the Joint Programme's support of agricultural R&D (including crop biotechnology) in developing Member States under the framework of our Coordination Research Programme (CRP) scheme and the provision of technical inputs into Technical Cooperation Projects (TCPs) are discussed. In addition, we present overviews of the R&D activities in our laboratories in Seibersdorf relating to genetic improvement of banana, cassava and rice, crops we use as platforms for adapting technologies to the circumstances of Member States. It is posited that induced mutations merely expands the options available to plant breeders for developing superior crop varieties through the broadening of the genetic base of available crop germplasm and that this technology is made more efficient when it is transferred to Member States as a comprehensive package including such ancillary tools as in vitro and molecular biology techniques.