AMR is here and now: United to strengthen food systems and secure livelihoods


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is becoming an ever more prevalent and dangerous threat. World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 is an opportunity to sound the alarm. In coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), FAO engages in this annual event to raise awareness about the need to use antimicrobials more responsibly.

Learn more by reviewing some of FAO’s key materials on AMR.

Water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and wastewater management to prevent infections and reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
This brief presents a menu of actions for consideration and refinement in specific country contexts as well as policy options and technical resources to support national action plans.

The FAO Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2016−2020
This publication provides a roadmap for FAO’s work across all relevant dimensions, including terrestrial and aquatic animal health and production, crop production, and food safety.

Antimicrobial movement from agricultural areas to the environment: The missing link. A role for nuclear techniques
This paper focuses on the methodologies that can be used to detect and trace the source and transport of antibiotics through soil and water, including nuclear techniques.

Prudent and efficient use of antimicrobials in pigs and poultry
This manual is intended to assist pharmacists, veterinarians, other animal health workers, farm owners and their staff in using antibiotics in a prudent and medically efficient way without loss in productivity.

Carryover in feed and transfer from feed to food of unavoidable and unintended residues of approved veterinary drugs
This paper suggests that carryover of veterinary drug residues in feed or transfer to food must be properly managed to avoid contaminated feed to harm animal or render food unsafe for human consumption.

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