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Antimicrobial Resistance
World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

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


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 [...]

Drivers, dynamics and epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance in animal production

It is now accepted that increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria affecting humans and animals in recent decades is primarily influenced by an increase in usage [...]


More countries acting to combat antimicrobial resistance in food and agriculture

Efforts to confront the spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens on farms and in food systems are gathering momentum, thanks to strong backing by governments and technical support that is boosting national capacities to respond to [...]

FAO gathers top food and agriculture experts in Washington DC for World Antibiotic Awareness Week to debate solutions for antimicrobial resistance

Washington DC – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Liaison Office for North America (FAOLOW) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) co-hosted a private roundtable discussion about the growing [...]

Calls for responsible antibiotic use renewed on Antibiotic Awareness Week

More than a year after the urgent call by the United Nations for countries to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations renewed its commitment to address  antimicrobials (like [...]


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