Root and tuber crops are an important staple for most Caribbean islands. However, the impact of disease and pests on productivity is on-going since diseased planting material is used in the replication process. Initiatives are in place in each island, but with little opportunity to share information and work jointly at regional level to solve the problem.
Dominican Republic is considered more advanced than the other islands with respect to agricultural practices, including in the area of root crops and the use of bio-technology in agriculture. A study tour was therefore organised by the CDE for twelve organisations from eight Caribbean countries.