SE129 Antimicrobial resistance: everyone's concern from farm to fork: How can farmers, governments and international organizations work together to reduce the risks of AMR to achieve global food security?

Organizers

  • FAO
  • WHO
  • World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
  • World Farmers` Organisation (WFO)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Norway
  • Norwegian Farmers` Union

This side event will address AMR as a societal concern that spans primary production, consumption and the environment through a joint effort by FAO, WHO, OIE, WFO and the Norwegian Farmers` Union and the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

Antimicrobials are essential to treat infections. However, their overuse and misuse is linked to the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria, rendering the treatment of infectious diseases ineffective in animals and humans. The risks are particularly high within the agricultural sector where the misuse of antibiotics may lead to the spread of AMR with severe impacts on food systems, as well as on farmers' livelihoods. AMR emergence is critical to preserve our ability to treat diseases in humans, animals, and plants, to protect health and guarantee food security and food production sustainability. The side event will address how stakeholders including international organizations, member states, farmers, civil society, private sector and research institutions work together to tackle this challenge.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Bjørn Gimming, Norwegian Farmers’ Union
  • Juan Lubroth, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Jorge Pinto Ferreira, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
  • Synnøve Vatn, Norwegian Meat and Poultry Research Centre (Animalia AS)
  • Gary Wertish, World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO)
  • Henk Jan Ormel (Moderator), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Main themes/issues discussed

This side event invited multi-sectoral panelists who play key roles in the joint effort to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in food production. During the presentations, panelists – represented by farmers, researchers and officers from international organizations - shared ideas on how to work together to reduce the risk of AMR in food-systems to achieve better global food security and safety.  The main session of the side event was the interactive discussion session, which drew opinions and questions from the CFS attendees.  Multiple concerns were raised along the “farm-to-fork” realm but extended the discussion further on AMR to consumer protection, waste management, and potential effects on ecosystems. In addition, the lesson shared from Norwegian panelists showed the good precedence to control AMR by education and building trust between the farmer’s initiatives and evidence shown by academia at national level.

Summary of key points

Some 60 CFS participants from different backgrounds attended this side event.  A farmer shared that we need to talk more with the farmers than about the farmers to address the risk of AMR and it aroused the participants’ consensus. Education on biosecurity, prevention of disease and AMR was stressed as being of utmost importance as antimicrobials are not needed for healthy animals. One of the panelists, a Norwegian farmer and researcher, emphasized, “Mutual trust between industry and authorities” upon which Norway works to reduce AMR and the promotion of sustainable food production. Juan Lubroth, Chief Veterinary Officer of FAO, concluded the side event: “we must be stewards not only of our animals but also of the environment. Antimicrobial residues are finding their way from production system into fields, rivers and streams, with major potential negative effects on ecosystem health” and urged our interest toward the impact of AMR on the environment.

Key take away messages

Panelists shared the following key take-away messages to tackle AMR:

  • Working together
  • Healthy animals do not need antimicrobials
  • Good biosecurity and animal health practices
  • Raising awareness and behavior change.
CFS 46 Side Event: SE129 Antimicrobial resistance: everyone’s concern from farm to fork

 

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