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 are key in the treatment of diseases, and their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials misuse in the livestock sector, aquaculture and crop production is a major concern as a risk for 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)

118 countries reported quantitative data on antimicrobial use in animals between 2015 and 2017, an increase from 89 reporting in 2015


The FAO Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2021–2025. Supporting innovation and resilience in food and agriculture sectors

Due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), drug-resistant infections are placing an ever-increasing burden on human, animal, plant, and environmental health. Drug-resistant infections have the potential to become leading causes of death. AMR may force tens of [...]

Antimicrobial resistance and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework

The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (“Cooperation Framework”) is an agreement between the UN and the host government and determines a country’s development priorities as well as the UN development system’s contributions to them. [...]

Responsible use of antimicrobials in beekeeping

These guidelines focus on responsible use of antimicrobials in sustainable apiculture. Following a one-health approach, they aim to protect not only honey bees, but even human health (e.g. reducing the risks of residues in hive [...]


FAO pushes Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) high on the animal health agenda in Mongolia

Due to its unique context in Mongolia, the risk of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) remains high. With its large number of livestock population, which outnumbers the human population by a factor of 20, and the easy [...]

La RDC évalue son système de surveillance et de détection de la résistance aux antimicrobiens (RAM) et définit des objectifs pour son amélioration

L’outil FAO-ATLASS permet aux pays d'évaluer leur système de surveillance de la résistance aux antimicrobiens dans les secteurs de l’alimentation et de l’agriculture La résistance aux antimicrobiens (RAM) est la capacité des microorganismes à devenir résistants [...]

Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance: Interview with FAO's Maria Helena Semedo and EU's Claire Bury on Antimicrobial Resistance

It called for the global engagement of all actors to step up efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), through a One Health approach. To mark the occasion, FAO Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo, and the [...]


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