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

Publications

Assessment of antimicrobial resistance risks in six Latin American countries 2019–2021: Integrated regional project in antimicrobial resistance

This report represents a summary of the results obtained from the application of the tool in six Latin American countries, from 2019 to 2021.

The International FAO Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring (InFARM) System and IT platform

One of the key elements to strengthen country capacity for surveillance and monitoring of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and use (AMU) in food and agriculture is to provide a standardized approach to collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and [...]

Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Partner Trust Fund annual report 2021

Progress against the overarching AMR MPTF results matrix is now being reported for the first time.

News

Ensuring Food Security and Food Safety through Farmer Field Schools in the poultry sector in Ghana

Ghana's intensive poultry production system is being expanded to meet the growing demand for animal protein from the rapidly expanding population. It also serves as an economic backbone for many medium and small-scale farmers in [...]

AMR Codex Texts (ACT) project to be presented at the global conference in Korea

Codex standards and the AMR Codex Texts project will be presented at the 2nd MFDS Global Conference on AMR, which will take place in Seoul, Korea on 27-28 Sept. 2022...

The Global Leaders Group host side event at UN General Assembly on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

New York, NY (22 September, 2022) - Today, The Global Leaders Group co-chairs, Their Excellencies Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh and Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, hosted a UN General Assembly side [...]

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