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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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Plant Health – The Human Connection

Healthy plants mean healthier people. Healthy plants are key to profitable and sustainable crop production, crop quality, and the global food supply. Plant health impacts human health and the protection of plants is crucial for the people and the planet. Up to 40% of food crops are often lost to plant pests and diseases yearly. […]

Jamaica IDPH 2022 Photos and Videos

Excerpt: “Jamaica joined the world in commemorating the International Day of Plant Health on May 12 under the theme “Protecting plant, protecting life”. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Plant Quarantine/ Produce Inspection Division spearheaded the planning and execution of activities. The celebration of the IDPH was nestled in a week of activities, all geared […]

Composting – Recycling Food Waste

Composting is the natural process of decomposition of food waste. It recycles organic material into a rich soil amendment known as compost. For any household, locally owned business, or institution that produces food waste, the organic material can be decomposed into high-quality compost. Food waste is a raw composting agent that is high in moisture […]

Don’t Pack A Pest Program extends to Grenada

The 10th launch of the Don’t Pack A Pest Program in the Caribbean region takes place in Grenada. The event is carded for Thursday 28th July, 2022 at the Maurice Bishop International Airport, and is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and Cooperatives and USDA-GCSI. The other main stakeholders are […]

Renewable Energy use in Farming

Over the past 500 years, humans have used energy sources like coal and fracked gas that have impacted the environment. However, renewable energy technologies have started to circumvent and reverse the negative impacts of these energy sources on the environment. Renewable energy technology isn’t new as using nature’s power for transportation, heating and lighting has […]

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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