GLOBAL – As part of the battle against the burgeoning global health crisis—antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched an enlightening online course through its FAO eLearning Academy.

The course delves into the peril AMR poses to global health, focusing on its intricate relationship with the food and agriculture sector.

This initiative seeks to foster awareness and engagement among all stakeholders, equipping them to tackle the AMR challenge effectively.

The course, developed in collaboration with the UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), has garnered support from the UK Center for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), and the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

It is a compact yet comprehensive package, requiring just 2 hours and 50 minutes to complete.

This English-language course encompasses crucial topics, including the fundamental principles of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) emergence and spread in agrifood systems, the profound relevance and impact of AMR in the food and agriculture sector, and the pivotal roles played by various stakeholders, such as governments, farmers, animal health professionals, industry representatives, in AMR mitigation efforts.

Additionally, it offers valuable insights into the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s role and ongoing initiatives to combat AMR, including the FAO Action Plan on AMR for 2021–2025.

Designed to be inclusive, this course serves a diverse audience, ranging from antimicrobial producers and distributors, veterinary and extension service personnel, to epidemiologists, students, government officials, and private sector stakeholders.

It equips them with essential knowledge to contribute actively to addressing the critical issue of AMR in the context of food and agriculture.

Empowering through education

This initiative demonstrates FAO’s commitment to combating the impending global health threat of AMR.

By offering a comprehensive course through its eLearning Academy, FAO aims to educate and empower individuals and entities across the food and agriculture sector.

Through knowledge and awareness, they can actively participate in the fight against AMR, safeguarding public health and the sustainability of agrifood systems.

Access to this critical course is available through the FAO eLearning Academy, which also boasts an extensive array of 180 additional free courses. In a world where health challenges know no borders, education and collaboration are essential tools in our arsenal to secure a safer and healthier future.

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