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 play a critical role in the treatment of diseases, their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials are often misused for treatment and prevention of diseases in livestock sector, aquaculture as well as crop production. These actions are often associated with the potential risk of 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


Antimicrobial resistance in food

There is clear scientific evidence that food can serve as a vehicle of foodborne exposure to antimicrobial-resistant bacteria.

Stakeholder Consultation on an FAO Database for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Food and Agriculture. Consultation Summary Report

The document summarizes outcomes from the Stakeholder Consultation meeting held at FAO HQ on 6-7 May 2019

Monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from healthy food animals intended for consumption

This first Volume provides guidance in the development of AMR surveillance plan for food-borne bacteria, underscoring the key elements for harmonized AMR data generation [...]


Joining hands to promote ‘Handling Antibiotics with Care’ in Africa

Regional Tripartite and AU collaborates to celebrate World Antibiotic Awareness Week

FAO taking a bottom-up approach to understanding antimicrobial use

How we use antimicrobial drugs, like antibiotics, matters. Overuse and misuse are driving antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – an increasingly serious threat to the global health of people, animals and the planet. AMR happens when microorganisms like [...]

FAO launches Progressive Management Pathway for Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobials are a precious resource. They treat infections in people, animals and plants. In this way, they also help ensure continuity for agriculture production systems all around the world. Antimicrobials are intrinsically linked to agriculture-based [...]


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