Deputy Secretary-General of OAE led the AFSIS team to discuss with MAFF of Japan, laying out the mutual guidelines for future collaboration.
Mr. Chantanon Wannakejohn,Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), led the AFSIS Secretariat to meet with Mr. TANIWA Koji, Director of Statistical Planning Division, Department of Statistics, Mr. MIYAKODA Yukinobu, Deputy Director of Statistical Planning Division, and the Statistical Planning Division staff to discuss the operational guidelines of the AFSIS Secretariat during 23-25 September 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.
During the discussion, the Deputy Secretary-General stressed the importance and necessity of agricultural data collection, especially the information at the ASEAN regional level which will help strengthen ASEAN agricultural development and echoed that the AFSIS project is one of the mechanisms that will help to motivate the efficient management of agricultural products due to various technological advances including the expertise in the past. AFSIS Manager, Mr. Vinit Atisook summarize the operation progress including future work plans in the next phase and exchanged the views of implementing the AFSIS project with MAFF Japan.Currently, AFSIS Secretariat, with strong support from the Focal Points of AMSs could improve the systematic system in publishing the ACO and EWI Reports back on track and AFSIS is developing additional databases of knowledge from various training programs supported by the Plus Three countries to make AFSIS website more interesting. Furthermore, such information related to food security as soil database sets and disaster history may be raised to consult in the next Focal Point meeting to consider the possibility to share the data in AFSIS Website. In addition, the data collection problems of ACO and EWI reporting were discussed and sought the possibility to hold the discussion session during the new MAFF Project workshop.
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)”.