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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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One Health – Caribbean Countries

The Caribbean islands are linked by sea, land and air space, and the One Health project is an approach to addressing the health of the environment, people, animals, and plant life. One Health is a shared vision that can be used to identify strategies to sustain the One Health community and integrate a One Health […]

The use of Biotechnology in Agriculture

Biotechnology is a form of technology that utilizes living organisms, biological systems, or parts of these to develop or create different products. Biotechnology provides tools to make production more manageable and cheaper for farmers. It covers many different disciplines like molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics etc. New technologies have been developed to aid industries like health […]

The Revamped Caribbean Plant Diagnostic Network

The Caribbean Pest Diagnostic Network (CPDN) is a network and an internet-based Lab Information Management System (LIMS), which facilitates the digital upload of samples obtained in the field for rapid diagnosis and pest identification. The revamped version of the CPDN would expand access to the entire Caribbean region (32 member states) with direct samples being […]

Global Water Crisis – A concern for Agriculture

Why is water important for Agriculture? The agricultural sector consumes 85% of freshwater worldwide and the growing population has steadily increased the demand for this resource. The recent overuse of freshwater resources due to human use has led to scarcity. This has resulted in potential limitations for urban supply, food production, and ecosystem function.   […]

Giant African Snail Webinar October 2022

The Giant African Snail Webinar was held on Thursday 27th October 2022 via Zoom and featured presentations from experts on their experience in eradicating and managing the Giant African Snail as well as a Panel Discussion, with simultaneous interpretation (English to Spanish) also being provided. A wealth of information was shared with the attendees. These […]

Virtually, 2022

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 15th CPHD meeting from the 14th - 16th September 2022. 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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