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
World Soil Day World Soil Day was celebrated on 5 December 2014 around the world and the focus was to communicate the importance of soil as a critical component of the eco system service provider, its contribution to food, water and energy security and human wellbeing, as a system for mitigating of biodiversity loss and climate change. The IAEA, through its Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture participated in this celebration. Over the years the Joint Division was instrumental to address soil fertility, quality and land degradation in order to improve crop productivity, ensure agriculture is resilient to impacts of climate change and reduce impacts of agriculture on climate change member states. Read More »
Managing Soils for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation FAO/IAEA Proceedings of the International Symposium on “Managing Soils for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation”, is finally published. This publication is a compilation of selected papers presented during both oral and poster sessions at the International Symposium on “Managing Soils for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation”, organized by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture on 23-27 July, 2012. Read More »
Land and Water Management for Climate-smart Agriculture Recent gathering on land and water management for climate-smart agriculture at the 2014 European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly. Read More »
Success stories in Climate-Smart Management Practices Success stories in Climate-Smart Management Practices: Biosaline agriculture and biofertilizer for improving crop productivity in salt- affected soils and for reducing the use of inorganic fertilizer and greenhouse gas emission (GHG) in agriculture in Member States. 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 »