The ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) in cooperation with the National Information Society Agency (NIA) of the Republic of Korea hosted the capacity building workshop on “ASEAN+3 Rice Trade Outlook and IT-based Agricultural Development” during 29 May to 1 June 2018 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The objective is to enhance capacity of high-level officials related to ASEAN+3 Rice Trade (Supply and Demand) Forecast Model using EXCEL and agricultural data collection using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and techniques (e.g. Geographic Information System: GIS, Satellite, and Drone).
There are 20 participants fromalmost all ASEAN member states. The delegates learned about the concept of ASEAN+3 Rice Trade (Forecast) Model using EXCEL, Korea’s experience for agricultural and rural development, 4th industrial revolution and agricultural R&D in Korea, Korean Smart Farm Policy and Technology, Korean experience for transforming society via ICT, and the application of ICT for agricultural data collection. They also shared and discussed how each country collects and manages agricultural information, especially rice-related data through the rice value chain using information systems. Moreover, the participants had filed trip to visit the Rural Development Administration (RDA) in Wansan-gu district, North Jeolla province and see Korea’s best practices farm (a tomato and paprika smart farm) in Buyeo county, South Chungcheong province.
The Center for Agricultural Statistics (CAS), Department of Planning and Finance (DoPF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Lao PDR, together with AFSIS Secretariat, had conducted a Data Analysis Training in Lao PDR during 6-10 September 2021 as a part of project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region or SAS-PSA project.
On 1 September 2021, the Department of Planning and Statistics (DPS), Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the Kingdom of Cambodia, together with AFSIS Secretariat had conducted the virtual meeting of the 1st meeting in Cambodia as a part of the Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) for the 3rd year project (2022). According to the Letter of Agreement (LoA) between AFSIS Secretariat and the DPS, MAFF of Cambodia, it was signed on 25 August 2021.
On 24 August 2021, the Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 20th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (Special SOM-20th AMAF +3) was held virtually as a Video Conference and honorably hosted by Cambodia.
Center for Agricultural Statistics (CAS), Department of Planning and Finance (DoPF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Lao PDR, had visited Khammouane province on 2 -16 August 2021 to conduct a pilot survey for the project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN region or SAS-PSA project.