The 8th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Council was held by APTERR Secretariat on 17-19 February 2020 in Bagan, Myanmar. The meeting was attended by the representatives from 10 ASEAN Member States, the representatives from plus three countries and observers from other organizations.
The representatives from the AFSIS Secretariat, Mr. Vinit Atisook and Ms. Thidarat Thammasorn attended the meeting on the realization of the work plan and budget plan for the fiscal year 2019, the work plan and Annual operational budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020 of the APTERR Secretariat and also joined the social programs and site visits at World Heritage Site in Bagan.
The meeting has approved the work plan and operational budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020 of the APTERR. The Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics has suggested that APTERR should consider increasing the reserved rice quantity in the form of contract to corresponding to the current world situation.
The meeting noted the impressive progress of the AFSIS’s works and appreciated the plan for considering to frequently provide more natural disaster-related information in the AFSIS reports to support the FEMI.
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).