iaea landing page banner 0At the field of soil and agricultural water management and crop nutrition IAEA and Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture is working with radionuclides such as Cs-137, Be-7 and Pb-210 for studying soil erosion, N-15 and P-32 for studying nutrients and fertilizers, C-13 for studying soil carbon cycle and erosion, H-2, H-3, O-18, neutron probe and cosmic ray neutron sensor to study soil water dynamics.  

There are two possibilities to join IAEA technical cooperation:

1)To submit proposal of National Technical Cooperation project (each country has own objectives and it is working individually having own project).

2)To create group of several countries being interested in common objectives and submit proposal for Regional TCP.

For submitting you need to contact the official governmental representatives in your country – National Liaison Officers (NLOs) – who are entitled to carry official communication between the IAEA and the member states and to check the availability of the budget for TC projects in each country. The list of selected NLOs of Eurasian region is here.

After getting a confirmation from NLO in your country, you need to prepare at the first stage a short concept note (1-2 pages). The basic condition from IAEA is that the problem which you want to deal with can be studied by nuclear techniques.

The call for 2022-2023 biennium is open currently. The deadline for national project proposals is April 30 and for regional project proposals – May 31.

You can find the Guidelines for the Planning and Design of the IAEA 2022–2023 Technical Cooperation Programme here.

There are currently no national projects for the 2022-2023 period in the Russian Federation; Russian specialists are invited to act as coordinators of regional projects.

This shows how IAEA TC works:


Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture (AGE) supports more than 200 national and regional technical cooperation projects. The Joint Division coordinates and supports applied research over 400 international and national research institutions and experimental stations cooperate. Unique to the United Nations is the FAO/IAEA Agriculture & Biotechnology Laboratories, which perform applied and adaptive R&D and develop standards, protocols, guidelines, training and specialized services. Nuclear technologies provide competitive and often unique solutions to help fight hunger, reduce malnutrition, improve environmental sustainability and ensure food safety and authenticity.

More information here: http://www.fao.org/agriculture/fao-iaea-nuclear-techniques/en/

You can find some results of finished projects by the awareness rising articles at IAEA website, bulletin and factsheets available online:

The list of selected publications:

IAEA Website: 

World Soil Day: Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground and Nuclear Techniques can Help’


Five Years On: Nuclear Science Enables Young Philippine Chemist to Study Long-term Impact of Typhoon Haiyan


Nuclear Techniques Help Reveal High Rate of Soil Erosion in Benin


Controlling Erosion and Land Degradation in Madagascar with the Help of Nuclear Techniques


Combatting Soil Erosion to Help Achieve Zero Hunger and Clean Water: IAEA Commemorates World Soil Day


Radionuclide Technique Used to Update Serbia's Soil Erosion Map, Identify Conservation Needs https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/radionuclide-technique-used-to-update-serbias-soil-erosion-map-identify-conservation-needs

IAEA Bulletin:

How to win the fight against soil erosion: saving fertile land and preserving water quality with the help of nuclear techniques, IAEA Bulletin, March 2018


Egypt and Senegal Receive Gamma Detectors to Help Combat Soil Erosion, IAEA Bulletin, November, 2018



Return to Traditional Terracing Improves Farm Production in Madagascar