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The Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum

A collaboration of National Plant Health Services Regional and International Organizations, Government entities, Universities and Reference Laboratories with the common purpose of safeguarding the plant resources of the greater Caribbean Region (GCR) from the threat of quarantine pest; improving plant health through the control and management of existing pests; and expanding production and trade of agricultural commodities; in order to increase food security, protect the unique environment and enhance the quality of life and economic wellbeing of the people of the countries and territories of the Greater Caribbean Region.

Safeguarding Plant Resources

Safeguard our agriculture and nutrition do NOT bring in undeclared agricultural planting material or soil.

Improving Plant Health

Monitor for signs and symptoms of pest/diseases

Protecting Agriculture

Report any suspected signs and symptoms to your Ministry or Department of Agriculture.



The CPHD Forum, in it's 10+ years of existence has achieved numerous successes and contributed greatly to the plant health and protection sector in the Caribbean region. Here are just a few of CPHD Forum's notable achievements...


The threat of pest and diseases is real and has the potential to seriously damage our agriculture and food supply. These are some of the priority pests that can affect agriculture and cause a significant economic impact.

Learn about our Technical Working Groups and Sub-Committees

The CPHD comprises of Technical Working Groups and Sub-Committees:

Fruit Fly Technical Working Group

To safeguard the Caribbean from threats and /or the impacts of introduction, economic damage, and spread of tephritid fruit flies through investigation/ research and the provision of advice and training on all matters related to tephritid fruit flies.

Mollusc Technical Working Group

To safeguard the Caribbean from threats and /or the impacts of introduction, economic damage, and spread of plant pests through investigation, research and the provision of advice on all matters related to Molluscs Pest.

Palm Pest Technical Working Group

The general objective of this working group is to safeguard the Caribbean from threats and/or the impacts of introduction, economic damage and spread of pests of palms through scientific investigation/research and the provision of advice on all matters related to pests of palms.

Emergency Preparedness Technical Working Group

To safeguard the Greater Caribbean from threats and/or the impacts from the introduction, establishment, and spread of plant pests by developing an emergency preparedness, response and recovery plan and mechanism for implementation to manage and mitigate pest outbreaks.

Safeguarding Technical Working Group

To assist in providing technical and policy recommendations to the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) Forum towards safeguarding the Caribbean economies (and such sectors as agriculture, tourism and the environment) from the impact of introduction, establishment and spread of plant pests.

Musa Technical Working Group

Description coming soon!

Communications Technical Working Group

To focus on all publications related to the Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum.

Caribbean Pest Diagnostic Network

Caribbean Pest Diagnostic Network (CPDN) database provides a collaboration and communication tool for plant inspectors, scouts, consultants, extension personnel and diagnosticians to share information on plant pests.

Regional Pests Lists

Description coming soon!

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Anguilla’s Dog Act: Stringent Methods against imported pets that can be invasive.

In Anguilla, new ways to detect invasive species are being implemented.  Anguilla has devised early detection for the immediate removal and control of potentially invasive species. The Department of Agriculture mandated that permits are required for the importation of pets such as dogs. The official, ‘Anguilla Dog Act’ requires permits for specific breeds of dogs, […]

Musa TWG Meeting

The Musa Technical Working Group held an adhoc meeting on 29th September, 2021 virtually during the Covid-19 pandemic. The members met to provide updates on the Regional Action Plans and discuss opportunities with respect to training, capacity building and funding as well as collaborations and networking.  

Barbados- Plant Protection Unit: Education of the public/private institutions about pests and diseases of plants.

Barbados’ Plant Protection Units’ main purpose is to protect the native biodiversity and plant health while also ensuring that imported crops, crop products, and foods are processed safely. One of its main initiatives is to educate farmers, schools, and other tertiary institutions about plant diseases and pests. The country’s food security is ensured by this […]

Saving the Mangrove trees: the Dominican Republic’s plan to protect coastal regions

The Dominican Republic has had a decline in mangroves over the last 50 years. Mangroves have acted as a defense for coastal areas against hurricanes during hurricane season. They are a natural barrier against rising sea levels. Despite how they are seen, usually as mosquito-ridden and swampy, they are an important part of Dominican ecology. […]

Fusarium Wilt Training Sessions 1-4

In Session One – the Fusarium wilt of bananas (Musaceae)–  is also known as Panama Disease, it is a destructive soil-borne fungus. In Session Two – Fusarium wilt of musaceae, tropical race 4 – There have been prevented measures taken to ensure that the Fusarium wilt of bananas is contained or prevented. Read more on Fusarium […]

Virtually, 2020

Plant Health Directors from more than 20 countries and territories along with several partner organizations met virtually (via Zoom) for the 13th annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) Forum meeting, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cessation of regional and international travel. During the August 11th-12th meeting, the plant health officials had intense discussions aimed at bolstering the ability of member countries to identify, exclude, and respond to pests and diseases that threaten regional agriculture and natural resources and to resolve issues that might impede the trade of Caribbean agricultural products regionally and internationally.

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