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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...

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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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CPHD Forum 2nd Newsletter Released!

The Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum has employed numerous mechanisms over the last fourteen (14) years to achieve the goals of communication and visibility, including exchanging information via the annual CPHD Forum. Ongoing electronic communication with its members has been established to include phytosanitary communication products, Technical Working Groups meetings, and reporting. The Caribbean Region […]

Food Security initiatives around the region

Around the region, food security has become the prime concern for all Caribbean countries due to the impacts of climate change. Food security depends on the agriculture sector, in addition, intra-regional trade is promoted through agricultural development. To adapt to the impact of climate change, initiatives like Climate-Smart Agriculture are being used to manage agriculture […]

Climate Change – Threat to Global Food Security

Around the globe, food security is being threatened by climate change. Climate change has had devastating effects on our ecosystems, often changing environments of native species, that depend on certain types of climate to thrive in, to desolate, uninhabitable places. Forests and forestry have suffered as well as marine ecosystems. Marine species that depend on […]

How has climate change altered the biology of plant pests and diseases?

Climate change has had disastrous consequences in many corners of the world. Plant pests and diseases have steadily increased as some non-native species have found themselves with perfect climate conditions to increase their populations. Biological changes have included interbreeding as species habitats change resulting in the hybridization of species. One species that climate change has […]

The giant African snail in Trinidad and Tobago

The Giant African Snail ‘Achatina Fulica’ is a plant pest that has made a recent reappearance in Trinidad and Tobago. It was first contained in 2012-2013 but has since spread to 45 different areas across Trinidad. The snails eat garbage and rat faeces and should never be consumed as it carries a parasite called the […]

Virtually, 2021

The Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) Forum comprising 32 member countries and territories along with several partner organizations including various international, regional, national organizations and universities – will convene the 2nd virtual session of the annual meetings – the 14th CPHD meeting on 30th and 31st August 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID 19 global pandemic the CPHD adjusted its regional work plan, again, by moving away from its usual annual face to face meeting to the virtual annual meeting.

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