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

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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


Evaluation of FAO’s role and work on antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to fight antimicrobial compounds, reducing the efficacy of treating diseases in humans, animals, and plants. AMR risk is outpacing human population growth, owing to misuse of antimicrobials [...]

Monitoring global progress on antimicrobial resistance: tripartite AMR country self-assessment survey (TrACSS) 2019–2020

This report summarizes global responses from the fourth round of the TrACSS, held from November 2019 to July 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the response rates for the 2019–2020 TrACSS around were 11.8% lower [...]

Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance in Aquaculture

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global concern and is now recognized as one of the greatest threats to public health worldwide.


Collaboration key to success with surveillance and monitoring on antimicrobial resistance

More than 500 participants gathered online on Tuesday 16 March 2021 to learn about the tools and resources that FAO and WHO make available to support countries in establishing and implementing their surveillance and monitoring [...]

Talleres 2021sobre Resistencia a los Antimicrobianos en Uruguay

Entre el 18 de marzo y el 27 de abril de 2021 se realizan talleres virtuales regionales sobre Resistencia a los Antimicrobianos (RAM) en Uruguay. La Organización Panamericana de la Salud y Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS-OMS), [...]

Understanding culturally-related risk factors for antimicrobial resistance

Within Maasai pastoralist communities, milk provides a rich source of nutrients and income, especially for women, and plays a central role in cultural and religious ceremonies. Having milk means having livestock, and having livestock means [...]


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