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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)

Just 89 countries report having a system in place to collect data on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals (OIE, 2015)

No standardized data available on the global use of antimicrobials in livestock


Monitoring global progress on addressing antimicrobial resistance: analysis report of the second round of results of AMR country self-assessment survey 2018

In this report, we analyze countries’ responses to the second wave of the tripartite survey and describe the current level of global progress on AMR. We convey progress achieved towards the goals of the GAP [...]

The FAO action plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2016-2020

Supporting the food and agriculture sectors in implementing the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance to minimize the impact of antimicrobial resistance (available also in French and Spanish)

Antimicrobial Resistance in Food and Agriculture

This information sheet focuses on the global burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which represents a crosscutting threat to human health. It describes the trend of antimicrobial use in agriculture and the various practices that can [...]


Asia-Pacific region moves forward with plans to mitigate the risks of AMR in defence of its crucial aquaculture industry and to protect human and animal health

The Asia-Pacific region is taking important steps to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) associated with aquaculture in order to to mitigate risks to humans, animals and fish stocks, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [...]

Experts meet to develop guidelines for monitoring AMR in diseased livestock and poultry in Asia

Efforts to harmonize antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance systems in animals are advancing in Asia, the region most at risk from increased antibiotic resistance in both animals and humans, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the [...]

FAO-USAID-ICAR training on AMR data management using WHONET5.6

FAO and USAID in collaboration with Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) organized a 2-days Training Workshop on “Management of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) data using the WHO freely downloadable Windows based software (WHONET5.6)” [...] [...]


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