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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


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The FAO action plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2016-2020

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FAO chief calls for halting the use of antimicrobial medicines to promote growth in farm animals

Graziano da Silva says countries and rural communities need support to combat antimicrobial resistance

FAO regional training aims to improve access to new tool for assessment of laboratories and AMR surveillance systems

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