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Rethinking Of Antimicrobial Decision-systems in the Management of Animal Production

Project description

Leading the fight against antimicrobial use arising from farmed animal production

Inappropriate use of antibiotics contributes to the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance which has been recognised as a major 'One health' issue. It has therefore become essential to fight against bacterial infections by using antibiotics in a much more prudent way to preserve their efficacy. The livestock sector has started to drastically reduce its use of antibiotics but it needs to engage with in-depth and long-term changes to ensure long-lasting and sustainable transitions towards prudent and responsible use of antibiotics. EU-funded ROADMAP aims to encourage such transitions, by analysing the socio-economic drivers of antibiotic use, tailoring strategies for locally adapted changes and proposing transition and impact pathways for various farm animal production systems in Europe and worldwide.


ROADMAP will foster transitions towards prudent antimicrobial use (AMU) in animal production in a large variety of contexts, by favouring a rethinking of antimicrobial decision-systems all along the food supply chain. Even if it is possible to learn from successful experiences, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to reduce AMU but various strategies working according to local conditions, defined by social, economic, technical and institutional variables. ROADMAP will develop innovative conceptual approaches within a transdisciplinary and multi-actor perspective to engage with animal health professionals, stakeholders and policy-makers. It will adapt, combine and produce tailored strategies to reduce AMU in diverse production systems in Europe and low- and middle-income countries (pig, poultry, cattle and fish sectors). Main objectives of ROADMAP are 1) to understand why and how AMU varies according to local contexts, by studying knowledge, practice and behaviours of farmers, veterinarians and upstream and downstream industries of the food supply chain; 2) to develop innovative socioeconomic and technical instruments to foster prudent AMU adapted to various production systems, by co-designing integrative strategies with animal health professionals and stakeholders; 3) to evaluate ROADMAP solutions and ensure their impact. Innovative communication, dissemination and exploitation tools will be implemented to reach a large community of end-users.
ROADMAP will identify levers and incentives to encourage AMU change, by providing 1) scenarios and recommendations for efficient transitions towards prudent AMU and 2) solutions socially acceptable but also technically and economically feasible. ROADMAP will therefore contribute to the fight against antimicrobial resistance by allowing cross-learning from diverse successful experiences, encouraging a harmonization of AMU reduction trends across Europe and thus favouring a global decrease of AMU in animal production.

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Net EU contribution
€ 625 771,00
75007 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 102 307,00

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