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


International instruments on the use of antimicrobials across the human, animal and plant sectors

This compilation provides an overview and analysis of international instruments that provide standards related to the use of antimicrobials. The purpose of the compilation is to identify existing instruments and standards in order to guide [...]

Antibiotics in livestock

This leaflet will help to increase the awareness on the issue of antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial residues and the prudent use of antimcrobials by livestock-related stakeholders

Outputs and activities of FAO Project FMM/RAS/298/MUL on antimicrobial resistance in fisheries and summary of FAO’s recent work on antimicrobial resistance in aquaculture

This report presents the implementation activities and results of the FAO Project "Strengthening capacities, policies, and national action plans on prudent and responsible use of antimicrobials in fisheries"...


FAO, WHO warn on the risks of Antimicrobial Resistance, urge countries to prioritise infection prevention

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is not only responsible for the death of 700 000 people per annum across the world, but also compromises food safety, contaminates soil and water and reduces the effectiveness of medicines and [...]

FAO highlights its four tools that help mitigate AMR

During World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 (WAAW), FAO shares with the Latin American and Caribbean region the tools it has developed to support the containment of AMR in the food and agriculture sectors. The tools [...]

Is antimicrobial resistance a food safety issue?

This year the 7-day annual campaign previously known as World Antibiotic Awareness Week has undergone a change in name. World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is taking place on 18-24 November 2020 to promote the reduction [...]


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