FAO/IAEA Technical Co-operation Projects

The Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Subprogramme of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture transfers nuclear and related technologies 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.

The transfer of these technologies assists Member States in improving the management practices of soil, water and nutrients to improve soil quality, soil fertility, land productivity and ultimately food security and sustainable agriculture while ensure the conservation of natural (soil and water) resources.

The following areas in soil-water-nutrient management are requested for technical support by the Member States: (i) soil management and conservation for sustainable agriculture and environment. This includes combating desertification, soil erosion assessment, soil fertility enhancement, fertiliser evaluation and soil conservation measures; (ii) technologies and practices for sustainable use and management of water in agriculture. This includes optimising irrigation systems and enhancing crop water productivity and water use efficiency under rainfed and irrigated agro-ecosystems); and (iii) integrated soil-plant management packages to increase crop productivity in harsh environments. This includes an integrated skills and expertise between soil-plant scientists and plant breeding scientists to optimise productivity and quality of crop varieties developed for growing under harsh conditions brought about by climate change and variability.

Technical Co-Operation Projects are the mechanism to provide policy advice and technology support to Member States. This is achieved through the provision of training, expert services and equipment. These projects assist in developing the necessary human capacity and physical infrastructure, and in improving the operational processes and regulatory frameworks to establish sustainable technology packages in recipient countries.

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 Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Subprogramme are listed below.

Active TC Projects of Soil and Water Management & Crop Nutrition

Country Project No. 1st
Project Title Technical Officer
Afghanistan AFG5007  2018 Enhancing Wheat Productivity Through Best Nutrient and Water Management Practices Under Rainfed and Supplemental Irrigation Systems M. Zaman 
Algeria ALG5030 2018 Contributing to the Implementation of the National Agricultural Development Programme Through Strengthening Soil, Water and Nutrient Management Practices Including Food Safety Using Nuclear and Related Techniques M. Zaman in collaboration with FEP
Benin BEN5012 2018 Enhancing legume production in cereal-livestock cropping systems for food, wealth and soil health through the use of bio fertilizers (inoculum) in Benin J. Adu-Gyamfi
Bolivia BOL5021 2016 Strengthening the Strategic Development Plan for Quinoa Production through Improved Use of Organic Manure, Soil and Crop Management  M. Zaman 
Burkina Faso BKF5019 2018 Improving food and nutrition security using integrated isotopic and breeding mutation on Sorghum, Rice, Cowpea, Bambara nut and sesame in Burkina Faso J. Adu-Gyamfi in collaboration with PBG
Burundi BDI5001 2016 Improving Cassava Productivity through Mutation Breeding and Better Water and Nutrient Management Practices Using Nuclear Techniques M. Zaman in collaboration with PBG
CAF CAF5011  2018 Building National Capacities for Improving the Efficiency of Biological Nitrogen Fixation for Food Security, Fertility Restoration and Rehabilitation of Degraded Soils M. Zaman
Cambodia KAM5005 2018 Enhancing Soil, Water and Nutrient Management for Sustainable Rice Production and Optimized Yield J. Adu-Gyamfi
Costa Rica COS5033 2016 Assessing and Implementing Biochar Use in Climate Smart and Environmentally Friendly Pineapple Production Using Isotopic Techniques M. Zaman in collaboration with FEP
Costa Rica COS5035 2018 Building Capacity for the Development of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Rice Farming M. Zaman
Dominica DMI0002 2018 Building National Capacity for the Use of Nuclear Applications in Relevant Sectors  J. Adu-Gyamfi
Gabon GAB5003  2018 Building National Capacities for Monitoring Sedimentation of Dams and Harbors and the Management of Remediation Operations  E. Fulajtar
Indonesia INS5043 2018 Intensifying Quality Soybean Production in Indonesia to achieve self-sufficiency J. Adu-Gyamfi in collaboration with PBG and FEP
Interregional project INT0093  2018 Applying Nuclear Science and Technology in Small Island Developing States in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals and the SAMOA Pathway J. Adu-Gyamfi
Interregional project INT5153 2014 Assessing the Impact of Climate Change and its Effects on Soil and Water Resources on Polar and Mountainous Regions  G. Dercon
Iran IRA5013 2016 Investigating the Effects of Deforestation and Afforestation on
Soil Redistribution 
M. Zaman
Jamaica JAM5012 2016 Optimizing Irrigation Water Management to Improve Crop Output and Water Quality Control L. Heng
Kuwait KUW5004 2018 Improving Production and Water Use Efficiency of Forage Crops with Nuclear Techniques   M. Zaman
Laos LAO5004 2018 Enhancing National Capability for Crop Production and Controlling Trans-Boundary Animal Diseases M. Zaman in collaboration with APH
Lesotho LES5008  2018 Improving Soil Fertility for Enhanced Cereal Production in Lesotho J. Adu-Gyamfi 
Madagascar MAG5025 2018 Biocontrol of Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze through the development of tolerant rice and maize lines and its impact on microbiological and ecological functioning of soil J. Adu-Gyamfi in collaboration with PBG  
Malawi MLW5003 2018 Developing Drought Tolerant, High Yielding and Nutritious Crops to Combat the Adverse Effects of Climate Change  E. Fulajtar in collaboration with PBG
Malaysia MAL5031 2018 Establishing an Environmentally Sustainable Food and Fodder Crop Production System  E. Fulajtar in collaboration with PBG and APH 
Mali MLI5028  2018 Improving Water Use Efficiency, Soil Fertility Management Practices and the Resilience of Cultures to Climate Variability and Change L. Heng
Mauritania MAU5006 2016 Contributing to the Improvement of Rice Crop Yields through the Application of Nuclear Techniques To Water Management and Soil Fertility M. Zaman in collaboration with PBG
Myanmar MYA5027 2018 Monitoring and Assessing Watershed Management Practices on Water Quality and Sedimentation Rates of the Inle Lake - Phase II L. Heng
Namibia NAM5016 2018 Developing Drought Tolerant Mutant Crop Varieties with Enhanced Nutritional Content J. Adu-Gyamfi in collaboration with PBG
Oman OMA5006 2018 Using Isotopes and Nuclear Techniques in Integrated Water, Soil and Nutrients Management to Optimize Crop Productivity J. Adu-Gyamfi  
Pakistan PAK5051 2018 Developing Isotope-Aided Techniques in Agriculture for Resource Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation M. Zaman
Philippines PHI5034 2018 Applying Nuclear Techniques in the Attenuation of Flood and Natural Disaster-Borne Contamination E. Fulajtar
Qatar QAT5007 2018 Improving Productivity of Ikhlas and Berhi Date Palm Varieties M. Zaman
RAF RAF0046 2016 Promoting Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries through Triangular Partnerships and Sustaining Regional Ownership of the AFRA Programme. [Bilateral TC project between Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire] L. Mabit
RAF RAF5075 2016 Enhancing Regional Capacities for Assessing Soil Erosion and the Efficiency of Agricultural Soil Conservation Strategies through Fallout Radionuclides E. Fulajtar and L. Mabit
RAF RAF5079  2018 Enhancing Crop Nutrition and Soil and Water Management and Technology Transfer in Irrigated Systems for increased Food Production and Income Generation (AFRA) L. Heng
RAS RAS5070 2014 Developing Bioenergy Crops to Optimize Marginal Land
Productivity through Mutation Breeding and Related Techniques (RCA) 
M. Zaman in collaboration with PBG
RAS RAS5073 2016 Climate Proofing Rice Production Systems (CRiPS) Based on Nuclear Applications, Phase II L. Heng in collaboration with PBG
RAS RAS5080 2018 Developing Sustainable Agricultural Production and Upscaling of Salt-Degraded Lands through Integrated Soil, Water and Crop Management Approaches - Phase III M. Zaman
RAS RAS5083 2018 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use changes through climate smart agricultural practices M. Zaman
RAS RAS5084 2018 Assessing and improving soil and water quality to minimize land degradation and enhance crop productivity using nuclear techniques J. Adu-Gyamfi
RLA RLA5076 2018 Strengthening Surveillance Systems and Monitoring Programmes of Hydraulic Facilities Using Nuclear Techniques to Assess Sedimentation Impacts as Environmental and Social Risks (ARCAL CLV) E. Fulajtar
RLA RLA5077 2018 Enhancing Livelihood through Improving Water Use Efficiency Associated with Adaptation Strategies and Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture (ARCAL CLVIII) L. Heng
RLA RLA5078 2018 Improving Fertilization Practices in Crops through the Use of Efficient Genotypes in the Use of Macronutrients and Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria (ARCAL CLVII) J. Adu-Gyamfi
Senegal SEN5039 2018 Supporting Eco-Intensification of Agriculture in Small-Scale Farming Systems by Improving Water and Nutrient Management M. Zaman
Serbia SRB5003 2018 Strengthening the Capacities for Soil Erosion Assessment Using Nuclear Techniques to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Land Management Practices E. Fulajtar
Seychelles SEY5011  2018 Supporting Better Sustainable Soil Management as Climate Change Adaptation Measures to Enhance National Food and Nutrition Security L. Heng
Sudan SUD5037  2016 Application of nuclear and related biotechnology techniques to improve of crop productivity and lively hood of small scale farmers drought prone areas of Sudan J. Adu-Gyamfi in collaboration with PBG
Togo TOG5002 2018 Improving Crop Productivity and Agricultural Practices Through Radiation Induced Mutation Techniques E. Fulajtar in collaboration with PBG
Zambia ZAM5031 2018 Improving the Yield of Selected Crops to Combat Climate Change  L. Heng in collaboration with PBG
Zimbabwe ZIM5021 2016 Assessing and Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Production in Communal and Newly Resettled Farms L. Mabit in collaboration with PBG