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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...

Upcoming Events


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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Growing food using technology

Agriculture has been impactful on the planet. The next generation of farmers, botanists, and horticulturalists are revolutionizing farming and gardening using technology. Currently, the growing population is a global challenge. Sustainable methods would help to improve crop yield while reducing water and conserving energy.  Around 40% of the Earth’s suitable land surface is used for […]

The Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) Forum – Protecting Plants, Protecting Life for the past 15 years Press Release

This year, as the CPHD Forum commemorates its fifteenth year of creating an awareness of the importance of the Region’s plant resources and strengthening plant health, combined with celebrating the International Day of Plant Health, the forum wishes to highlight some ongoing key initiatives and events being undertaken.  One such event is the webinar entitled […]

Drought and crop damage

A drought can be defined as the period where a region or area experiences below-normal precipitation (lack of rain). It can reduce groundwater and soil moisture, triggering water shortage, crop damage, and diminished streamflow. Droughts have become the greatest culprit of agricultural production loss. It is estimated that over 34% of crop and livestock production […]

New FAO Newsletter #7 Available!

The FAO just released its April 2022 Issue #7 newsletter that features the CPM (Commission on Phytosanitary Measures). The CPM-16 agenda presented by Lucien Kuamé Konan of Côte d’Ivoire, the CPM chairperson, was adopted. The IPPC objectives are implemented by the CPM which is the IPPC governing body that promotes relevant stakeholders and promotes cooperation […]

Biological Agents for the Control of Red Palm Mite

The Red palm mite (Raoiella indica Hirst) is a plant pest of coconut, date, and areca palm. It is native to Egypt, Iran, India, Israel, Mauritius, Pakistan, Sudan, and Sri Lanka. This plant pest is easily distinguished from spider mites due to its red colour, flattened bodies, and long spatulate setae (hairs). These mites do […]

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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