The UK Government has provided £5 million of aid as part of a programme to manage antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in agriculture and its impact on the environment.
The funding will go to five research partnerships between the UK and Argentina. It has been awarded through the Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF) and will be matched in staff and lab resources by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) in Argentina.
The partnerships receiving the award are:
The research will benefit low- and middle-income countries which are disproportionately impacted by AMR. The programme will be delivered on behalf of GAMRIF by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in the UK and by CONICET in Argentina.
The use of antimicrobial drugs in livestock production is a primary contributor to the development and spread of AMR. Drug-resistant microbes can be transmitted from animals to humans via direct contact or through the food chain and the environment, which poses a potential significant threat to human health.
Source: UK Government, 2 October 2019