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FAO Animal Production and Health

Annual report 2022









FAO. 2023. FAO Animal Production and Health – Annual report 2022. Rome.


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    Using antimicrobial drugs in terrestrial and aquatic animals is critical to both health and productivity. It contributes to food safety and animal wellbeing, and in turn to protecting the livelihood and sustainability of animal production. There is a growing concern that resistance to antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, will reverse the achievements of food safety and animal health. It is important that these drugs remain available and effective in animal health and agriculture. Animal health workers play a role in veterinary extension and livestock production services. He or she provides preventive animal health care, help in animal disease control, biosecurity promotion, and basic first aid services to farm animals, however many of them do not have neither practical guidelines nor access to training on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use. The Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, FAO Viet Nam, has provided various training programmes to animal health workers, in collaboration with the Department of Animal Health. Our experience has shown that animal health workers are a part of the solutions for responsible antimicrobial use and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance. This handbook, therefore, aims to provide first-hand knowledge on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use, serving as a practical guideline for animal health workers to gain a better understanding and advocate them to promote responsible antimicrobial use among animal producers and animal drug sellers and ultimately reduce antimicrobial resistance.
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    The urgent need for a positive impact on the livelihoods of livestock keepers is elaborated in this Regional Strategy for Animal Health and Production for FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU). This strategy aims to present the main aspects of REU’s work on livestock and includes three pillars – animal health, animal production, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – along with seven cross-cutting issues, among them gender, environmental sustainability, community farming as a business, and coordination with other international organizations. The strategy follows FAO’s commitment to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through continuous and dedicated work towards the improvement of animal health and productivity while reducing the threat of AMR using the One Health approach.
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    It is now accepted that increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria affecting humans and animals in recent decades is primarily influenced by an increase in usage of antimicrobials for a variety of purposes, including therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses in animal production. Antimicrobial resistance is an ancient and naturally occurring phenomenon in bacteria. But the use of antimicrobial drugs – in health care, agriculture or industrial settings – exerts a selection pressure which can favour the survival of resistant strains (or genes) over susceptible ones, leading to a relative increase in resistant bacteria within microbial communities.

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