November 29, 2021


FAO introduces new five-year plan to counter antimicrobial resistance


The silent global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) highly impacts the agri-food sector, Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned last week while presenting FAO's new five-year plan to help members tackle the challenge, reported.

Key principles of the new FAO Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2021-2025 include: the need for science-based evidence to identify and manage AMR risks before they become large-scale emergencies; the utility of surveillance and training around the world; the importance of incentivising and empowering stakeholders to transform awareness of AMR risks into action.

Specific focus areas include good nutrition for people and animals, vaccination, hygiene and sanitation, waste management and genetics.