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Regional Response Programmes


Agency/ Organization in Food Safety



Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

IICA is the implementing agency for the action entitled: "Support to the Caribbean Forum of ACP States in the implementation of commitments undertaken under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures"

The overall objective of the SPS programme is to facilitate CARIFORUM States to gain and improve market access by complying with Europe's Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and to help them to better develop their own regionally harmonized SPS measures. The specific objective is to increase production and trade in agriculture and fisheries which meet international standards while protecting plant, animal and human health and the environment.

The Food safety component of this programme deals with the development/ strengthening of the national and/or regional regulatory and industry capacity to meet the SPS requirements of international trade. This component will address capacity building for both the public and private sectors in areas such as GAPs, GMPs and HACCP and risk analysis. Emphasis will also be placed on developing model food safety legislation, standards and guidelines, improving the network and best practices for labs and assisting selected labs for accreditation.


CARICOM Regional Organisation of Standards and Quality (CROSQ)

CROSQ is the implementing agency of the EPA - Technical Barriers to Trade component of the 10th EDF Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme.

The overall objective of the EPA-TBT component is to facilitate intra- and inter-regional trade as well as international competitiveness and sustainable production of goods and services within the CARIFORUM states for the enhancement of social and economic development.

The TBT programme is geared towards the advancement of a Regional Quality Infrastructure which is a linchpin in the regional efforts for food safety.  The relevant aspects of the programme includes the development and harmonisation of regional standards for food products, increased access to internationally recognised accreditation services for bodies involved in conformity assessment to food safety requirements and also the development of a regional certification scheme for mutual recognition of products being traded.   Please click on the following link for additional information on the TBT programme:



Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) was officially inaugurated on 27 March 2003, in Belize City, Belize, where it is headquartered, following the signing of the "Agreement Establishing the CRFM" on February 4, 2002. It is an inter-governmental organization with its mission being to "To promote and facilitate the responsible utilization of the region's fisheries and other aquatic resources for the economic and social benefits of the current and future population of the region". The CRFM consist of three bodies - the Ministerial Council; the Caribbean Fisheries Forum; and the CRFM Secretariat. Its members are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

An intergovernmental organization, FAO has 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union.



Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI)

CARIRI is a national and regional focal point for technology and innovation and provides value added technological solutions to the manufacturing and service sectors as well as public sector entities, designed to enhance efficiency, competitiveness and viability, foster new business creation, improve the quality of life and promote sustainable economic development.

With respect to Food Safety CARIRI is providing the services into Laboratory testing and certifications as well as traceability systems


Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO)

Your feedback in attached matrix spoke about activities such as Training Programmes and Food borne diseases investigation and Burden of Illness studies, public awareness campaigns etc


COLEACP – PIP and EDES Programme

PIP is a European cooperation programme managed by COLEACP. It is financed by the European Development Fund and implemented at the request of the ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) Group of States.

In accordance with the Millennium Development Goals, the global objective is to: "Maintain and, if possible, increase the contribution made by export horticulture to the reduction of poverty in ACP countries".

Please click for more information on the PIP Programme:

Please click the following for access to the PIP Training Manuals

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Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)

Over the years, the Caribbean agricultural agenda has continued to be guided / driven by the sequence of initiatives/reports following the declaration of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, July, 1973. These include the Regional Transformation Programme for Agriculture (RTP), and 'The Jagdeo Initiative', which was conceptualised to hasten its implementation. Some highlights of the regional agricultural strategy are captured by Norman Girvan's 'priorities for regional action' that are summarised as follows:

  • The upgrading of facilities for intra-regional agricultural trade and transport
  • The strengthening of regional collaboration in agricultural Research & Development as well as increased funding for regional bodies
  • Evaluation of investment opportunities
  • Market intelligence-Sharing of information with respect to the demand and supply of agricultural commodities


IDB / Compete Caribbean Compete Caribbean is a private sector development program that provides technical assistance grants and investment funding to support productive development policies, business climate reforms, clustering initiatives and Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) development activities in the Caribbean region. The program, jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), supports projects in 15 Caribbean countries. The program's estimated value is US$40.0 million, of which DFID and CIDA contributed US$32.55 million. Projects in the OECS countries are implemented in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank.

IDB - Compete Caribbean