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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

Publications

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 [...]

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)

News

Codex begins new work on antimicrobial resistance

The 2016 Codex Alimentarius Commission acknowledged that AMR is a serious public health threat requiring urgent attention by Codex, and that a coordinated approach was needed at the international and national level to combat AMR [...]

Giant research leap is needed to rein in farm-driven antimicrobial resistance

Mounting evidence that food systems may be major conduits of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) point to the need for greater vigilance over the way antibiotics are used on farms, according to a new technical paper from [...]

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