10TH EDF SPS 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)

Dear Sir/Madam
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), an international institution with responsibility of executing the 10th EDF SPS Project is collaborating with the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) to identify a suitable laboratory to evaluate the quality of cassava flour produced and imported in the region as a first step towards some level of standardization of the product
The objectives of this assignment are as follows:

- To evaluate cassava flour in the region to determine the baseline quality;
- Develop a standard that facilitates trade in cassava flour.

The contracted laboratory will be required to:
- Conduct a literature search on existing standards for cassava flour used regionally and internationally;
- Develop a draft standard for cassava flour in the Caribbean based on the literature review;
- Sample and analyze cassava flour from the following four (4) major cassava flour Caribbean producing countries: Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Barbados and Jamaica as well as imported cassava flour using accredited facilities;
- Identify gaps, if any, between the quality of the existing cassava flour and the draft standard.
- Provide recommendations for closing any gaps identified.

A final report is to be submitted within six (6) months of commencement of the project

Interested parties are kindly requested to submit a written proposal together with the cost for conducting the assignment, CVs of staff to be utilized to:

Chief Executive Officer
Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency
Letitia Vreisdelaan #10
Paramaribo, Suriname
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Phone: 597-714-2085

Submission should be made by Thursday March 10, 2016


The International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat is launching the second edition of this photo contest entitled “The Shocking Impacts of Pests” which will be open from now until the 29th of February 2016 to anyone willing to contribute to the bigger aim of raising awareness on protecting plant resources, farmers and the environment.

Last year, hundreds of beautiful pictures were contributed from all over the world to the IPPC Photo Contest “Pests without Borders”. This year the pictures should illustrate the negative impacts of pests as well as phytosanitary measures.

The objective of this Photo contest is to raise public awareness on the protection of cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests. The winning pictures will be selected and promoted by the National Geographic and printed as an exhibition. The top 3 winners will be awarded a photographic training close to their home.

Learn more about the terms and conditions, and participate to illustrate the negative impacts of pests and the phytosanitary measures to counter these.

We look forward to receiving your pictures.

Pests of plants pose a major threat to the world's plant resources. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) aims to sustain agriculture, enhance global food security, and facilitate trade through the prevention of pest introduction and spread. Last year photo contest winners attracted the world attention on Aproceros leucopoda (Hymenopterae), originating from East Asia and threatening trees of Ulmus in Europe, or on Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera), a global pest of brassica crops, costing farmers billions of dollars every year.

The IPPC Capacity Development Committee is launching this 2nd edition of the IPPC photo contest to draw attention to the importance of plant pests. The objective is to raise public awareness on the protection of cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests.

The photos should illustrate the negative impacts caused by pests, or phytosanitary measures to counter these.

  • Pests are defined as any species, strain or biotype of plant, animal or pathogenic agent injurious to plants or plant products. It is crucial to be aware of the tremendous impacts pests have to be able to act against them.
  • Pests have deleterious impacts affecting food security and the environment.
  • To counter these impacts, countries undertake Phytosanitary measures which are defined as any legislation, regulation or official procedure having the purpose to prevent the introduction or spread of quarantine pests, or to limit the economic impact of regulated non-quarantine pests.

Photographers from all over the world can contribute pictures. Authors of the pictures thereby participate in the IPPC’s dual mission of protecting farmers worldwide from economically devastating pest outbreaks and the environment from loss of species diversity and ecosystem functions. These photos are of tremendous interest as they show the world what impacts of pest look like, and may be used by IPPC and its contracting parties as communication and training material. The 30 shortlisted photos will be printed and displayed at various events and exhibition of the IPPC Commission on Phytosanitary Measures. These beautiful pictures will constitute a comprehensive set of examples of the impacts of pests and of phytosanitary measures put in palce to counter to raise awareness on Plant Health.

The contest is open to anyone above the age of 18, and a maximum of 5 photos can be submitted per person. By entering photos in this competition, participants agreed to the official terms and conditions of the contest according to which the photos may be used for free by IPPC and its contracting parties for non commercial dissemination and use. The IPPC respects copyrights and moral rights, and participants retain full ownership and copyright of each entry.

Expert juries formed by members of the IPPC Secretariat, FAO and National Geographic Society will select 30 shortlisted pictures and 3 finalists based on their relevance to the theme, artistic or technical merit, accuracy and thoroughness of information, originality and communicative value (http://www.phytosanitary.info/final-selection).The first, the second and the third winner will be selected by friends of the IPPC Facebook page and by delegates to the meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures, the IPPC governing body, to be held in Rome from 4th to 8th of April 2016. The voting on the IPPC webpage will be opened on 1st March to 15th March 2016. The 3 winners will be awarded prizes consisting of photographic trainings.

The deadline to submit photos is the 29th of February.

We are looking forward to seeing your beautiful pictures!

2015 "Pests without Borders": the Final Selection



Representatives from Fourteen (14) Member States of CARICOM as well as the CARICOM Secretariat will gather in Paramaribo, Suriname for the Fifth Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA). This meeting takes place on Monday and Tuesday November 16 and 17, 2015 at the conference room of the Ramada Princess Hotel and the opening ceremony will be addressed by  the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of Suriname, His Excellency Soeresh Algoe as well as Mrs. Desiree Field Ridley, Advisor, Single Market and Sectorial Programmes of the CARICOM Secretariat.

Other notable speakers will be the representative of Barbados and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of CAHFSA, Dr. Beverley Wood as well as the CEO of CAHFSA, L. Simeon Collins.

CAHFSA is an Inter-Governmental Organization created by the signing of an agreement among Member States of the Caribbean Community. This Agreement establishing CAHFSA was originally signed by Member States of CARICOM in Roseau, Dominica, on March 12, 2010.  It was replaced by the Revised CAHFSA Agreement adopted on February 25, 2011 at St. George’s Grenada. In October 2014, CAHFSA became operational with the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.

Located in Paramaribo, Suriname, CAHFSA was officially launched here in Suriname on March 18, 2010 with the signing of the Headquarters Agreement between the Secretary-General of CARICOM and the President of Suriname.

Its primary objective is to develop support mechanisms that will enable member states of CARICOM to meet their obligations under the WTO- SPS Agreement and under Articles 57 and 74 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.  These include, but are not limited to support for:

  • the harmonization of “laws, standards and administrative policies” in respect to Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary measures with international standards, guidelines and recommendations used in the conduct of trade in agricultural products;
  • providing an effective mechanism to respond rapidly to emergencies and emerging issues in the areas of food safety and agricultural health;
  • the upgrading of national laboratories to perform routine tests in the areas in the areas of plant health, animal health and food safety and the establishment of reference   laboratories to conduct tests that are not required on a routine basis;
  • the development of Conformity Assessment Programmes based on mutual recognition for products traded regionally
  • the strengthening or establishment  of National  Coordination Mechanism for SPS issues in each Member State;

The opening ceremony will be held on Monday November 16, 2015 at the conference room of the Ramada Princess Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.