Antimicrobial Resistance





About AMR

What is it?
What is it?
FAO's role
FAO's role
Who we are
Who we are
Key sectors
Key sectors

Antimicrobial drugs are key in the treatment of diseases, and their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials misuse in the livestock sector, aquaculture and crop production is a major concern as a risk for emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant micro-organisms.

Key facts

Around 700.000 human deaths each year related to antimicrobial resistance (UK’s O’Neill Commission)

27 different antimicrobial classes used in animals

Total global animal health market in 2011 was equivalent to USD 22 billion (OECD)

118 countries reported quantitative data on antimicrobial use in animals between 2015 and 2017, an increase from 89 reporting in 2015


Animal nutrition strategies and options to reduce the use of antimicrobials in animal production

Functional animal nutrition to promote animal health is one of the tools available to decrease the need for antimicrobials in animal production. Nutrition affects the critical functions required for host defence and disease resistance. [...]

Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Partner Trust Fund: Forging Tripartite collaboration for urgent global and country action against antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

The report provides an overview of the country and global Tripartite projects, their current implementation status, the fund’s financial resources as well as the next steps.

How to use antibiotics effectively and responsibly in dairy production

The use of antibiotics and thus the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) can be reduced by adopting the right husbandry practices


“Spread awareness, stop resistance” Tripartite announces WAAW 2021 Theme

The Tripartite organizations - the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) - are pleased to announce that the theme [...]

World leaders and experts call for significant reduction in the use of antimicrobial drugs in global food systems

Urgent reduction in the amounts of antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, used in food systems is critical to combat rising levels of drug resistance.

AMR Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform - Creating a movement for change through engaging multiple actors and voices

The Tripartite organizations (FAO, OIE, WHO) invite partners to join public discussion on the establishment of the AMR Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform Why a new Platform? Antimicrobials (including antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics) play a crucial role in [...]


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