Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

OECS Media Release

In an effort to enhance the quality of agricultural produce in the region, food safety stakeholders convened in Barbados for the Annual Partnership Meeting, from April 25-26, 2017, to discuss the improvement of plant health in the region.

The two-day consultations, conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services Services (APHIS), and the Greater Caribbean Safeguarding Initiative (GCIS), discussed the implementation of programmes to safeguard the region from the introduction and spread of pests and invasive species.

A primary objective of the gathering was to foster synergies among partners and formulate plans for the upcoming year. The meeting also sought to develop the draft agenda for 10th Annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors' (CPHD) Forum Meeting, scheduled to be held in the Dominican Republic in July, 2017. 

Stakeholders discussed and identified strategies to achieve more defined outcomes from the CPHD Meetings and reviewed options for Technical Working Groups (TWGs) in emergency response, communications, palm pest, fruit fly, mollusk and safeguarding initiatives. 

The meeting also received presentations from partner organisations and reviewed work programmes, achievements and challenges with a view to developing improved programmes, and enhancing collaboration with the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD). Various Technical Working Groups (TWGs) also presented annual reports which were reviewed by stakeholders and work plans for the next twelve months were elaborated. 

Details on the Regional Plant Quarantine Training course, to be hosted by the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies in August 2017, were also discussed.

The meeting was conducted in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA), the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD), the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Caribbean Agriculture Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) and the Center for Agriculture Biosciences International (CABI). 

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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