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 February 19, 2021,heavy rains in Indonesia caused the breaking of embankments and the overflowing of some rivers, which led to inundation and flooding in Central Jakarta, west Jakarta, East Jakarta, South Jakarta, Bekasi City, Bekasi Regency, Depok City, Bogor Regency, Tangerang Regency, South Tangerang City, Tangerang City, Bogor City, and Karawang Regency. 5 people dead, 46,772 families or 176,157 people were affected by the flood and 7,040 families or 31,396 people have been evacuated.
Mr. Pollachet Tracho, Deputy Secretary General, Office of Agriculture Economics (OAE), and AFSIS Secretariat led by Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, Japanese Expert, had traveled to Chachoengsao province, Thailand, on 15-17 March 2021 to observe enumerators on conducting pilot survey in the project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN region or SAS-PSA project in Thailand.
The ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) in cooperation with theRemote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) organized the Japan Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science or “Sakura Science Program 2021”. The program objective is to improve human capacity, especially for young generation officers who will play a critical role in the field of science and technology in the future, for agriculture knowledge and its utilization through Japanese science and technology.
The 3rd iteration of the CAPI online training courses will now be conducted jointly by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations-Regional Office For Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP).