The CGIAR AMR hub
The CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub, led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), applies a One Health approach to support the efforts of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in controlling agriculture-associated AMR risks, through promoting and facilitating transdisciplinary partnerships.
The recently adopted CGIAR AMR strategy recognizes the need for evidence on links between agriculture (crops, livestock and aquaculture) and public health outcomes. Based on evidence generated, the hub develops solutions that are locally relevant and applicable, while being adaptable to other contexts. Research on how to best implement and scale workable solutions is embedded in capacity development activities and supported through advocacy for enabling policies. These ambitions need effective partnerships across disciplines, which are at the heart of the AMR hub.
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest challenges in recent decades. Its complexity requires a holistic approach that is able to account for every aspect of the problem. From antimicrobial use in humans and animals, to the contamination of the environment due to poor husbandry practices and inappropriate waste management, and resulting gender inequity, AMR can only be tackled if all involved actors are part of the solution.
To respond to this challenge, the CGIAR AMR hub develops research on antimicrobial use in agriculture and aquaculture, antimicrobial resistance in the human-animal-environmental interface, and how antimicrobial stewardship programs could be implemented. Our research is context-driven and systems-oriented, combining social and biological sciences. With AMR research in agriculture and aquaculture and understanding linkages to public health outcomes, we can reap solutions emerging from our transdisciplinary approach.
The AMR hub is hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on its campus in Nairobi, Kenya. ILRI also has a campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and country offices in several countries in Africa and Asia. Together with our country offices of CGIAR partners IFPRI, WorldFish and IWMI, the hub has a potentially wide range of locations.
The ILRI campus in Nairobi has well-established laboratory research facilities dedicated to microbiological studies available for AMR research. ILRI hosts on behalf of the African Union/NEPAD, the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-ILRI (BecA-ILRI) Hub which possess world-class research facilities, providing laboratory space and services for scientists across the CGIAR and its partners.
The AMR hub convenes research and development actors to coordinate research efforts by many leading institutions to address AMR challenges. Partnerships with national institutions, governments, NGOs, national agricultural research systems, and the private sector, are key for the CGIAR at large and for the AMR hub in particular.
Through the CGIAR research programs, ILRI has established strong partnerships with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) as a managing partner in CRP Livestock, and with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) as managing partner in CRP A4NH. New partnerships are also in development bringing exciting opportunities for the CGIAR AMR hub to engage with international initiatives around AMR.