Nuclear technology can secure food for futureListen /
Nuclear technology is "extremely effective" in supporting agriculture and fighting hunger around the world, according to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Yukiya Amano says that the global population is growing very rapidly and by 2050 it will be nine billion.
The IAEA Director-General says food should be made available for everyone in the world.
"The key is (the) fight against hunger. We have this problem and we need to increase the production of food but that is not sufficient. We need to protect livestock, food, vegetables, crops from disease, from severe climate change and pests. In order to achieve this nuclear technology is extremely effective."
The important role of nuclear technology in supporting agriculture will be discussed at this year’s IAEA Scientific Forum in Vienna, Austria from 18 to 19 September.