On 23-24 May 2022, AFSIS Secretariat was invited by the Secretary General of the Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand as Chair of APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) to attend the APEC PPFS Webinar on “Sharing good practices on Sustainable Agricultural Development through the Principle of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy” at Pullman King Power Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
On 18 May 2022, AFSIS Secretariat had been invited to participate in the conference titled “Agricultural Database Development for Better Policy Making and Ensuring Food Security” as a joint event of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CLSS) via Zoom platform.
The 42nd Meeting of the ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB) hosted by Cambodia was held as a Video Conference through Zoom platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 11 May 2022. There were 37 participants from AFSRB Secretariat, AFSRB Member States namely; Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat, OECD, and AFSIS Secretariat attended the meeting.
On the 21st April 2022, AFSIS Secretariat had attended the virtual preparatory meeting which was conducted by the Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) Executive Board coordinated by the Co-Chairs Dr. Shantanau Bhatawdekar from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Dr. Shin-ichi Sobue from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the training program on "Satellite-derived Agrometeorological Data for AFSIS’s Rice Growing Outlook (RGO)”.
According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), the affected areas caused by Tropical Storm "Agaton" (international name: "Megi") were Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, SOCCSKSARGEN and Caraga. As of the latest bulletin from DA, 17,925 hectares of agricultural lands have been reportedly damaged which amounted to P725.2 million in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Agaton’s onslaught.
According to the Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), the strong easterly winds which are prevailing near the Gulf of Thailand and the Southern parts of Thailand have influenced the weather situation in these 8 provinces in the Southern of Thailand namely, Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Phatthalung, and Chumphon, Songkhla to have heavy to very heavy rainfall during 5-8 April 2022.
On 7-8 April 2022, the Department of Planning and Statistics (DPS) of Cambodia's Ministry of Agricultural and Fishery and Forestry (MAFF), in collaboration with the AFSIS Secretariat, held a virtual conference on Data Analysis Training as part of the Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region project (SAS-PSA). Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, the Japanese expert, has trained Mr. Stong Kia, the National Consultant of the SAS-PSA project in Cambodia, so that he could pass on his knowledge to other DPS staff in the soon future.
On 30 March 2022, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the FAO-Regional Office for Asia-Pacific have recently launched two free “Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) using CSPro Android and Survey Solutions” for people who are interested in the basics of CAPI data collection and management, and also for those who would like to develop their own questionnaires and apply these skills to a wide variety of surveys.
On 25 March 2022, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been successfully developed the web system called “VEDAS cloud system” to provide the wide-area precipitation data to AFSIS and the ASEAN Member Countries for Rice Growing Outlook report (RGO) activity. This VEDAS cloud system is the following-up from the fruitful meeting between ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) together with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and ISRO on the 11th November 2021. The meeting confirmed the benefits of trilateral collaboration on the use of satellite-based information for RGO activities, and agreed to continue the collaboration to further with the objective to utilize the earth-observing satellite data for enhancing the food security system in ASEAN regions.
The 10th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Council, hosted by APTERR Secretariat together with the Singapore Food Agency, Singapore was held as a video conference via Zoom Platform on this recent 25 March 2022. There were delegates from the APTERR members and observers from other organizations such as ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Secretariat which consisting of Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager and Ms. Poufai Khukhuntin, Project Coordinator, and ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB).