APHIS works to protect the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. APHIS International Services (IS) supports this mission in an international environment by: (1) collaborating with foreign partners to control pests and diseases before they can harm the U.S.; (2) facilitating safe agricultural trade; (3) ensuring effective and efficient management of internationally-based programs; and (4) investing in international capacity-building with foreign counterparts to build technical and regulatory skills that prevent the spread of damaging pests and diseases.
May 12 - Every Mother’s Day, florists sell millions of flowers throughout the United States. Many of those flowers are imported, with more than 650 million coming from Colombia in 2016, which represents more than 60 percent of all flowers entering the U.S. annually. But without the efforts of the International Services office in Bogota, Colombia, many of those flowers would not reach U.S. florists and Mother’s Day bouquets would be more expensive. (See Full Story)
May 12, 2017 - Recognizing APHIS’ expertise and building on a strong bilateral relationship, Israel’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Nadav Galon worked with IS Regional Manager Karen Sliter to explore cost effective ways to improve Israel’s animal disease program management and data analysis. International Services provided specialists to deliver a tailor made workshop from March 26 – 30, 2017 for 25 Israeli veterinarians, epidemiologists, and laboratory specialists. Israel paid all the costs for this training.
The Caribbean Region is one of the only regions in the world that does not belong to an existing and functioning regional plant protection organization (RPPO), placing the region at a significant disadvantage in meeting its basic sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) obligations. An 11-person working group, including IS Trinidad and Tobago Agricultural Scientist Lionel Wayne DeChi, have agreed to have the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), a 20-nation group, fulfill the role of the RPPO for the Caribbean Region.
May 2017 - International Services regularly helps foreign nations assess their agricultural capacity and capabilities. During the second week of February, IS New Delhi Area Director Sharon Williams, along with staff from the Foreign Agricultural Services office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, worked with a team from India’s National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM) to assess Bangladesh’s agricultural needs.