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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

01Sep, 2023

Official (Virtual) Launch of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2023

The theme for the event is Accelerating Vision 25 by 2025
Date/Time: 1st Sept 2023 @10:00 am AST
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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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Antigua and Barbuda, 2023

The CPHD Forum is the Technical Committee to the Caribbean RPPO – Caribbean Agriculture Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) on agriculture and plant health issues and is comprised of 32 Member Countries and Partner Organizations. The Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) Forum will convene the 16th session of the annual meetings from the 14th - 18th August 2023. This will be the first face to face meeting since the COVID 19 pandemic was declared globally.

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