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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

Publications

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 [...]

How to reduce the use of antibiotics in dairy cattle

This leaflet will help to increase the awareness on how to reduce the use of antimicrobials in dairy cattle. Intended for dairy farmers and dairy veterinarians, the document lists in a plain but concise language [...]

How to reduce the use of antibiotics in poultry production

This leaflet will help to increase the awareness on how to reduce the use of antimicrobials in poultry production. Intended for poultry farmers and poultry veterinarians, the document lists in a plain but concise language [...]

News

The regional project “Working Together to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance” expands to address COVID-19 associated AMR threats

FAO, OIE and PAHO, the implementing organizations of the regional project “Working Together to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance”, have signed an addendum with the European Union to extend this initiative for an additional year. This expansion, [...]

TFAMR / an incredible achievement to complete work on new guidance on AMR surveillance

The Codex task force on antimicrobial resistance had to go into extra time on Wednesday 13 October 2021 but has succeeded in recommending that new Guidelines on Integrated Monitoring and Surveillance of Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) will [...]

TFAMR08 / Committee approves code of practice but time running out on new surveillance text

In an extended session on Saturday 9 October 2021, the Codex task force on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) reached agreement on sending the revision of the Code of practice to minimize and contain foodborne AMR to the Codex [...]

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