About Us

The Caribbean Food Crops Society is an independent professional organization with interdisciplinary orientation and membership. It was constituted in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 3rd, 1963. It is not affiliated with any public or private institution. It is a non-profit organization, which fosters communication between persons capable of contributing to the development of science, technology, and production of food crops and animals in the countries of the Caribbean Basin.

The objectives of the Society are to advance and foster Caribbean food production, processing and distribution in all aspects, so as to help improve the quality of life for the people of the Caribbean. It brings together scholars, researchers, extensionists, growers, and other professionals associated with food production, distribution, and policy. It seeks to involve members from all four main language groups of the region (English, Spanish, French, and Dutch).

Each year the society convenes an annual meeting in various countries and territories throughout the Caribbean region highlighting the areas most relevant to that particular country/territory. The meeting provides an opportunity for science researchers, farmers, etc., to exchanging information on research and technology.

Since its first meeting in 1964, the Society has convened annual meetings in 15 nations of the Caribbean. The annual meeting is comprised in two parts: technical sessions and annual business sessions.

Sustaining membership is available for US$100.00 per year. Individual and sustaining members receive the newsletter and the proceedings of the Annual Meetings. Separate institutional membership is not available, but institutions may subscribe to the newsletter for a fee of US$30.00.

Membership may be categorized as follows:

  • Active Membership
  • Life Membership
  • Honorary Membership
  • Emeritus Membership

Seek solutions to important problems limiting the production, processing, and marketing of food crops and animals in the Caribbean.

Is held before the last day of the annual technical meetings of the society.

At each annual meeting the members chose by a simple majority the proposed and alternative sites of the next Annual Meetings. The sites are rotated among the countries of the Caribbean Basin.

The proceedings of the annual meeting are the official document of the Society, which contain the papers presented by the members, invitational papers, and other communications. Proceedings can be downloaded free.

The CFCS Newsletter is a periodical of the Caribbean Food Crops Society. It is the means of circulating notices, instructions, and other information concerning the activity of the members. It is published at least three times per year and is distributed to all Society members and to subscribers. Inquiries may be directed to the Secretariat.