On 21 September 2022, Mr. Kimura Keitaro, Director, and Mr. Hosaka Masahiro, Deputy Director of Statistics Planning Division, Statistics Department from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan visited AFSIS Secretariat office.
On the occasion, AFSIS Secretariat led by Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Ms. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manager, and Mr. Niimi Tomohiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert had an opportunity to introduce Mr. Kimura Keitaro and Mr. Hosaka Masahiro to Mr. Vinit Atisook, Deputy Secretary General, Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Thailand during their visit. Furthermore, they also had an opportunity to visit Mr. Choomjet Karnjanakesorn, General Manager of APTERR Secretariat as well.
The highlight of conversation during the visit were mainly on the appreciation of Japanese government towards AFSIS Secretariat for the recent success of the Regional Workshop on SAS-PSA project, and to Thai Government for the kind support to AFSIS project. They also reiterated to continually support AFSIS activities and the continued cooperation between Japanese and Thai governments for strengthening food security in ASEAN Region.
For the next technical support from MAFF of Japan is the “Project of Strengthening ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Function for Emergency” or SAFER project which is planned to start in October 2022 – September 2025 with the objective to strengthen the AFSIS function on immediate sharing of food security information in the case of emergency.
On 2 December 2022, AFSIS Secretariat led by Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert, had opportunities to respectively visit Mr. Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary General, Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), the host of AFSIS Secretariat office. In addition, Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro also had an opportunity to visit Mr. Vinit Atisook, Deputy Secretary General of OAE and Mr. Choomjet Karnjanakesorn, General Manager of APTERR Secretariat as well.
On 21 November 2022 in Java province, Indonesia, an earthquake of 5.6 magnitudes at a shallow depth of 10 km hit the Cianjur region, triggering landslides and causing buildings to collapse, including schools where classes were underway. The epicenter of the earthquake was on land 10 km southwest of Cianjur Regency (West Java Province). Warnings for heavy rainfall with lighting and strong winds have been issued for 23-25 November over North Sumatra and South Kalimantan Province while light rain is expected across Cianjur Regency (West Java Province).
The Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS), funded and organized the Local Training on Establishing Real-Time AFSIS and Development of Human Resources 3rd Phase Project during 23-25 November 2022, in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Additionally, the training was provided by the EGIS consortium as the instructors.
On 15 November 2022, AFSIS Secretariat attended the Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG) virtually which was the working group session of APRSAF-28 that was held physically in Hanoi, Vietnam during 15-18 November 2022.