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Launching today—CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub


Launching today in Kenya is a

CGIAR AMR Hub

for powering global, national and local partnerships

to help stem the global rise of drug-resistant pathogens

that is increasingly putting public health at risk.

This morning on the Nairobi campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the first partners meeting of a new CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub will be opened. Scientists working at this hub aim to help reduce agriculture-associated antimicrobial resistance in low- and middle-income countries. Working in a wealth of partnerships with national governments and agencies, the hub will apply one-health approaches to managing agriculture-associated antimicrobial risks.

Antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs are among the most important tools available to medical and veterinary professionals for curing human and animal diseases and improving their welfare, yet these drugs are increasingly failing. Development of resistance to these drugs in disease-causing bacteria and other microbes poses a major threat to global development; the World Bank estimates that annual global GDP could fall by more than USD1 trillion by 2030 because of it.

The greatest challenges and burdens

of antimicrobial resistance

will be faced by people

in the world’s poorer countries.

A recently adopted CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy places priority on generating evidence of links between agriculture—including crop, livestock and aquaculture systems—and public health outcomes. Based on the evidence it generates, scientists working at the hub will help countries develop solutions that are locally relevant and applicable. Context-driven and systems-oriented, the hub’s research integrates social and biological research in crop and livestock agriculture and aquaculture to better understand links between food production systems and public health.

The aim is to help countries reduce and refine

their antimicrobial use in crop, livestock and fish farming

so as to help stem the rise of drug resistance

in disease-causing organisms

and thus protect public health.

Like climate change and malnutrition, which CGIAR researchers are also tackling, antimicrobial resistance challenges scientists not only to generate new and useful evidence, but also to leverage contributions from diverse sectors and disciplines, and from both public and private actors, so as to come up with technical, institutional and policy innovations that will make the biggest difference in protecting human lives and livelihoods.

Working with many partners, researchers in three CGIAR research programs—’Agriculture for Nutrition and Health’ (CRP A4NH), led by the International Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), based in Washington, DC; on ‘Livestock’ (CRP Livestock), led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), based in Africa; and ‘Fish’ (CRP Fish), led by WorldFish, based in Malaysia—are working to better understand antimicrobial resistance as it occurs in low- and middle-income countries. With this better understanding, CGIAR and their many partner researchers can help countries develop practical strategies for tackling the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance. Involvement of the CGIAR’s International Water Management Institute (IWMI), based in Sri Lanka, in this work will ensure that environmental and water system challenges in antimicrobial resistance are addressed holistically. And a research partnership between A4NH and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will ensure that public health perspectives are integrated into all stages of the hub’s research.

The dedicated facilities of the CGIAR AMR Hub are located within the Biosciences east and central Africa-ILRI Hub. The BecA-ILRI Hub is a shared agricultural research platform managed by ILRI in Nairobi, where it provides African scientists with a centre of excellence in agricultural biosciences. Researchers at the CGIAR AMR Hub will thus have access to state-of-the-art biosciences laboratories, services, platforms and training.
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For more information, please visit the (brand new!) CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub website, https://amr.cgiar.org/, or email amr@cgiar.org, or contact Barbara Wieland (b.wieland@cgiar.org) or Delia Grace Randolph (d.randolph@cgiar.org).

And follow today’s presentations and discussions on social media with #AMR and #AMRhub.

Read more

CGIAR and Denmark Partner in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, CGIAR website, 22 Nov 2018.

Reducing use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock in low-income countries: Two scientists reflect on options, ILRI News blog, 12 Jul 2018.

Confronting the rising threat of antibiotic resistance in livestock, ILRI News blog, 30 Jan 2017.

Apocalyptic numbers: Antibiotic resistance as the classic ‘One Health’ (and classic ‘One World’) planetary issue, ILRI News blog, 4 Aug 2016.

Antibiotic resistance is the quintessential One Health issue, by Tim Robinson et al., Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, 29 Jul 2016.

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