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

In 2019, 5 million human deaths were associated by bacterial antimicrobial resistance worldwide, including 1.3 million human deaths attributable to bacterial AMR (The Lancet)

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


Engaging agrifood systems to generate data-for-action in tackling antimicrobial resistance

This document provides an overview of the project. Its goal is to create an enabling environment for data generation by raising awareness and generating pilot evidence.

How to use antimicrobials effectively and responsibly in plant production, for the sake of human and plant health

Prudent, rational, and targeted use of antimicrobials in plant production maximizes their therapeutic efficacy while reducing the risk of development of resistance and environmental contamination improving food safety.

Eight ways to effectively and responsibly use antimicrobials in plant production

The effective and responsible use of antimicrobials in plant production maximizes their therapeutic efficacy, reducing development of antimicrobial resistance improving human and animal health, environmental health and food safety.


One Health, One Future Against Antimicrobial Resistance

FAO hosted the inaugural Plenary Assembly of the AMR Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform on behalf of the Quadripartite (FAO, UNEP, WHO and WOAH) In their first in-person gathering, members of the AMR Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform arrived at [...]

Zimbabwe hosts Africa’s World AMR Awareness Week 2023

The Quadripartite partners consisting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), in [...]

Reconocimiento, logros y consensos definieron el cierre del proyecto RAM-UE

Proyecto Regional Tripartito finaliza con encuentro de autoridades de salud y agricultura de siete países socios. Durante los días 13 y 14 de noviembre del presente año, Brasil fue sede del evento de clausura del del [...]


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