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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

Publications

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 [...]

News

SADC takes bold move to fight AMR

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a huge problem, posing serious threats to human, animal, plant, and environmental health in both developed and developing countries. Reversing the threat of AMR before it reaches pandemic levels of global [...]

Countries step up to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Countries are making significant steps in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), but  serious gaps remain and require  urgent action, according to a report released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), [...]

Expert Meeting Reports Now Available on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Environment, Biocides, and Foods of Plant Origin

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to share new summary reports on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) expert meetings held last year, addressing critical issues in the fight against superbugs. World [...]

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