Tue, 05/02/17
As seen on the Barbados Advocate - https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/news/cariforum-committed-sps-project March 7, 2017 BY:  BY CARA L. FOSTER Although February 23 and 24 marked the end of the conference and technical symposium for the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) project, the work on the issues that were raised will continue wi...

Mon, 05/09/16
Bridgetown, Barbados, 6 May, 2016 - The competence of professionals and diagnostic capacity within the CARIFORUM Region regarding laboratory testing of Leptospirosis bacteria is being boosted, thanks to the collaborative work of the Caribbean Animal Health Network (CaribVET), the European Union (EU) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). These remarks were ma...

Fri, 03/17/17
Please see below link to all Contracts Awarded in 2016 under the 10th EDF SPS Project   2016 Contracts Awarded

Tue, 04/26/16
Bridgetown, Barbados, 26 April, 2016 - Thanks to the EU, IICA and GMA, 60 professionals from the private and public sectors from across the CARIFORUM Region will benefit from rigorous food safety training in the HACCP System.  International food safety capacity in CARIFORUM States will be significantly improved through a series of training workshops in the Hazard Analysis Critical Contr...

Thu, 02/02/17
As seen on the Barbados Advocate - Wednesday January 25, 2017 OVER 1300 professionals from the private and public sectors int the region have been trained in agricultural health and food safety.  This announcement came from Katja Svensson, the programme manager of the Regional and Trade Section and Delegate of the Euorpean Union (EU) to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARIC...

Fri, 02/19/16
During the months of January and February, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) conducted a series of technical missions in Jamaica, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Dominican Republic in order to provide knowledge on the use of antibiotics and antimicrobial agents in different animal production systems. Technicians and high-level personnel from the ministr...

Thu, 02/02/17
As seen in the Barbados Advocate - January 25, 2017 By Cara L. Foster EVEN thought there has been progress made during the slew of workshops held by the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) that focused on ways to imporve agricultural health and on food safety, there is much that still needs to be done.  These comments came from Dr. Joy St. John, the Chief Medica...

OECS Officials work on Free Circulation of Goods Regime
Mon, 02/15/16 ~ St.Lucia
Senior Officials from across the 7 OECS Protocol Member States met recently in St. Lucia to continue work on establishing a regime for the free circulation of goods, which would allow for increased trade and economic development within the Eastern Caribbean Economic Union.  The meeting, which was held between June 29 and July 1, was convened by the OECS Commission in collaboration with the Inter...

Thu, 02/02/17
As seen in the Barbados Advocate 25. Jan. 2017 Pictured Above: From left: Chief Medical Officer at the Minitry of Health, Dr. Joy St. John, Interacting with Dr. RObert Ahern, Head of Agricultural Health and Food Safety at IICAl Permanent Secretary in the Minitry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Managemnt, Esqorth Reid; Katja Svensson, Programme Manager of Region Co-operation and...

Caribbean scales up preparedness plans for Avian Influenza
Thu, 02/04/16 ~ Barbados
Caribbean veterinary officials and members of the poultry sector are on high alert and have been working tirelessly to scale up the preparedness plans to prevent the introduction and spread of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).

Thu, 08/18/16
The private sector workshop is being conducted by Food Technologists Janelle Yarde-Blackman and Melissa Agbeko who were trained during the first phase of IICA’s efforts to build regional capacity in HACCP. Port of Spain, Trinidad, August 09, 2016 (IICA). Food manufacturers from several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries gathered in Trinidad for two days of food safety traini...

Tue, 10/06/15
CARIFORUM Countries were given the opportunity to review draft International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), which are critical for the trade of plants and plant products. Representatives from 13 countries participated in the International Plant Protection Convention, IPPC workshop, which was held in Trinidad and Tobago, in early October. The IPPC is recognized under the...

Fri, 08/05/16
A HACCP Food Safety training event for the CARIFORUM Region enabled 16 businesses to meet the requirements for access to and participation of Caribbean agri-food companies in local and international export markets. Castries, St. Lucia, August 4, 2016 (IICA). Improving their revenue-earning potential by adopting suitable food safety systems and promoting cons...

Wed, 08/26/15
With a budget of 11.7 million Euros, implementation is under way of a project aimed at raising the productivity of the agricultural and fisheries industries of 15 countries that belong to the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM), as well as improving the access of those countries’ products to global markets. The objective of the EU-IICA project in the Caribbean is to increase productivity and acces...

Wed, 08/03/16
(Bridgetown, Barbados, 27 July, 2016) - Efforts are being made to strengthen the capacity of CARIFORUM countries to respond rapidly to food safety events through an action that aims to improve the traceability of food and the recall of food and food products.  A Traceability and Food Recall Project for the CARIFORUM Region is being funded by the European Union’s 10th EDF Sanitary and...

In an effort to strengthen the capacities of surveillance and control activities in Caribbean countries, public health and agriculture professionals benefited from a two-week training course in antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance in food production, animals and food products of animal origin.  In supporting efforts to detect, control and prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistance in agriculture, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in collaboration with the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine offered the advanced training, which was held in Columbus Ohio between July 13 and 24.   According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), antimicrobial resistance refers to the ability of microorganisms to withstand antimicrobial treatments. The overuse or misuse of antibiotics has been linked to the emergence and spread of microorganisms, which are resistant to them, rendering treatment ineffective and posing a serious risk to public health.   The participants were provided with the knowledge and skills needed to control and monitor the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance in food production systems, as well as throughout the food chain from the farm to the consumer. The training also broadly covered topics including antimicrobial resistance concerns in agriculture, preventative and control strategies, impact on trade and public and animal health.    A major outcome of the training was participants’ developing pilot project proposals based on the current needs of their respective countries. The project proposals focused on the main areas of outreach and engagement, capacity building, designing and developing new surveillance and monitoring strategies.   Funding for the training was provided by the 10th European Development Fund SPS Measures Project “Support to the Caribbean Forum of ACP States in the Implementation of Commitments Undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)”, being implemented by IICA
Mon, 07/27/15 ~ Barbados
In an effort to strengthen the capacities of surveillance and control activities in Caribbean countries, public health and agriculture professionals benefited from a two-week training course in antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance in food production, animals and food products of animal origin.

Fri, 06/17/16
Bridgetown, Barbados. June 16, 2016 - The 21st Meeting of the Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean (CGPC) was held in San Ignacio, Belize under the theme: “A changing climate! A changing world! Responsible pest and pesticide management – our responsibility”.  The Meeting, which was held  6 – 10 June, 2016, was funded by the 10th Europe...

Efforts underway to increase agricultural health in the Caribbean
Tue, 07/07/15 ~ Kingston
A training event supported by IICA seeks to strengthen capacities for designing policies that benefit consumers and the environment. 35 leaders from the agricultural, environmental, and health sectors of 12 Caribbean countries are preparing to develop scientific and comprehensive solutions for coping with emerging endemic diseases that affect the public and environmental health of the region, as ...

Thu, 06/02/16
Bridgetown, Barbados - 2 June, 2016 – Agricultural Health and Food Safety (AHFS) legislation in CARIFORUM countries is set to become compliant with international regulations, thanks to the collaborative work of the European Union (EU), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the CARICOM Secretariat and several partner agencies. Representatives from CARIFORUM...

Agriculture, Health and Environment Leaders benefit from ‘One Health Leadership’ training in Food Security and Food Safety
Tue, 07/07/15 ~ St. ANN, Jamaica
Thirty-five leaders selected from the agriculture, health and environment sectors in 12 Caribbean countries, participated in the recently held One Health Leadership Workshop: Interconnectivity for Food Security and Food Safety. 

Wed, 05/11/16
Belize City, Belize, 21 April, 2016 (CRFM) - A group of professionals from CARIFORUM States (countries comprising the Caribbean Community and the Dominican Republic) will be able to contribute to the on-going task of guaranteeing the safety of imported and exported food in their respective countries, thanks to a recent training event on sanitary and phytosanitary management in which they participa...

CARIFORUM Countries review International Standards for Plant Health and Agricultural Trade
Sat, 05/09/15 ~ Trinidad
CARIFORUM Countries were given the opportunity to review draft International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), which are critical for the trade of plants and plant products. Representatives from 13 countries participated in the International Plant Protection Convention, IPPC workshop, which was held September 29 – October 2, 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago.