Soil and Water Management & Crop Nutrition

Soil and Water Management & Crop Nutrition

The Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition (SWMCN) Section of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme and its associated SWMCN Laboratory assist FAO and IAEA Member States in the development, validation and dissemination of a range of soil, water and crop management technology packages through the use of nuclear and nuclear-related techniques.

The aims are:
→ To enhance agricultural productivity, ensure the conservation of soil and water resources for sustainable crop and livestock production systems and to improve farmers' livelihoods.
→ To improve soil quality and soil resilience against impacts of climate change and variability.
→ To reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase soil carbon sequestration in both productive and marginal lands.

To achieve these aims, we assist Member States through research and development (R&D), capacity building with a major emphasis on training the trainers, policy advice, technology transfer and technical support and assistance via Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs) and Technical Cooperation Projects (TCPs).

Highlights
USDA-ARS Awards 2012: To Lee Heng and Long Nguyen USDA-ARS Awards 2012: To Lee Heng and Long Nguyen for "outstanding effort" in sustained technology transfer in soil water management with the International Soil Water Management Research Team. Read More »
Climate change and its potential impacts on land degradation Climate change and its potential impacts on land degradation: The role of IAEA and nuclear technology. Read More »
Climate Smart Agriculture Climate Smart Agriculture. With the help of nuclear techniques, the IAEA helps countries “keep the soil alive” and adapt to the devastating effects of climate change. Read More »
More Food With Better Soil - Using Isotope Techniques To Improve Soil Quality Video - More Food With Better Soil - Using Isotope Techniques To Improve Soil Quality. Using Isotope Techniques To Improve Soil Quality. See Video »
Soil Isn’t Just Dirt Soil Isn’t Just Dirt. Conservation agriculture and nuclear science are two of the tools being used to improve food security by making soil more fertile. Read More »