No Rain, No Food - Using Nuclear Techniques in Rain-fed Agriculture [2:41 min] 21 September 2011
Access to sufficient water supplies is essential for successful and sustainable farming. Without water, crops die, farmers lose their income and people go hungry. Agriculture that depends upon rainwater represents about 80% of the total area under cultivation and produces the majority, or about 60%, of global food. The IAEA's Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section is using nuclear and nuclear related techniques to help farmers in the developing world to conserve water and cope better under dry conditions.