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Antimicrobial Resistance

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.

About AMR

What is it?
What is it?
FAO's role
FAO's role
Who we are
Who we are
Key sectors
Key sectors

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 [...]


FAO partners with Swedish university in fight against antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance threatens to thrust the world into a post-antibiotic era where today’s life-saving medicines fail. Slowing the development of drug-resistant microbes is the aim of a new partnership between FAO and the Swedish University [...]

Preserving effectiveness of antimicrobials through safe, prudent use

Antimicrobials are essential in treating human and animal infectious diseases. However, misuse and overuse of antimicrobials result in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) which make them less or ineffective at treating diseases.  AMR has now been recognized [...]

High level Tripartite Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance to be held in Cambodia

International and national animal and public health; and environment experts will gather in Phnom Penh for the fifth time to discuss the action plan to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Cambodia.


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