Expert Panel Discussion 9: Antimicrobial resistance in Europe and beyond
Organiser: Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), German NGO Forum on Environment and Development, Germanwatch
Time: Friday, 19. January 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: CityCube Berlin, Level 3
Languages: English, German
Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR for short, is arguably the most important global health issue concerning not only human health but food security, agriculture, livestock, aquaculture, and the environment as well. It has already a negative impact on food safety, consumer confidence, and the sustainability of the agriculture sector. According to certain estimates by the year 2050, it will claim the lives of 10 million people per year, and cause us 2 to 3.5 percent, or USD 100 trillion, decrease in the global gross domestic product (GDP). The vast majority of the estimated losses will mainly occur in low and middle-income countries.
The effect of AMR is amplified by population growth and the increasing demand for animal protein. Resistant microorganisms can emerge from areas of primary food production in the food chain – livestock, aquaculture and crops – and move between animals and humans through direct exposure, consumption, or potentially through a contaminated environment. Due to its cross-sectoral nature it requires a coordinated, “One Health” approach and response, as promoted by many international actors, such as FAO, WHO, OIE, the European Commission and others.
The panel will bring together animal health and livestock experts from across the globe to discuss burning question related to antimicrobial resistance. These might include:
- How can decision makers ensure better monitoring and analysis of antimicrobial resistance and use in food and agriculture?
- What needs to be done to strengthen governance related to antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use?
- What kind of good practices exist already on prudent use of antimicrobials in Europe and Central Asia, for example in the intensive and large-scale animal production system?
- Beyond strengthening governance and sharing good practice is there a need to discuss husbandry conditions, production patterns and animal breeding strategies?
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Bread for the World
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
Centre for Science and Environment
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy.