The G20 summit, held recently in China, listed antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the key significant global challenges affecting the world economy. It is estimated that AMR is responsible for 700,000 deaths a year internationally and with continued rise in AMR cases, the death figure will increase to 10 million and cost a reduction of 2-3.5% of GDP or up to 60-100 trillion USD in 2050.
Antimicrobial use in food animal production is relevant to both AMR occurrence and ensuring global food security. However, the global picture of antimicrobial animal use and its links with AMR are still not fully understood.
This presentation will give an overview, from an economic perspective, on the use of traditional and alternative antimicrobials in food animal production and will provide a general picture of the policy and research requirements in this area. The need for a multidisciplinary cooperation to better understand the decision makings of antimicrobial use in production process including government-veterinarian-farm links will also be discussed.