On 09 June 2020, The Negara Brunei Darussalam hosted the 18th AFSIS Focal Point Meeting, convened by the ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS). The Meeting was held as the first time as Online VDO Conference.
The main objectives of the AFSIS Focal Point Meeting are to inform the ASEAN Plus Three members the overall outcomes and achievements of AFSIS in 2019 and to discuss future work plan and issues. Whilst the APTERR had informed the meeting about its activities in 2019 and 2020 and analytic works related to AFSIS. RESTEC also attended the meeting in order to inform about Sakura project activities in 2019 and 2020.
Furthermore, MAFF Japan representative presented the meeting about the future collaboration between AFSIS and the actual work plan implemented in 2020 to 2022.The representative from EPIS of Republic of Korea presented the future collaboration between AFSIS and Republic of Korea in order to improve agricultural statistic in the region. In addition, the representative from People's Republic of China informed the meeting about the cooperation of People's Republic of China roject through AFSIS in 2019 and further collaboration in 2020.
The Meeting was attended by the members of the AFSIS Focal Points and participants from the ASEAN Plus Three countries, APTERR, and RESTEC.
The 1st meeting of Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) had been hold on 23 November 2020 to consult the action plan and progress of SAS-PSA project in Thailand.
Molave, the 9th typhoon in Vietnam in 2020, is one of the two strongest typhoons in Vietnam during the last 20 years. The typhoon Molave caused heavy rain, unprecedented prolonged inundation and severe landslides. This mainly affected provinces in Central Vietnam such as Phú Yên, Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Thừa Thiên - Huế, Đà Nẵng. The expected damages are substantial with 40 people dead, 43 people missing and 140 people injured and a number of residential areas were isolated by flood and landslides.
Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS), South Korea, hosted Online Webinar as an Invitational Workshop in 2020 on Establishing National Agri-food Information System and its Utilization during 16-18 November 2020 with the participants from 6 countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, and Vietnam, and AFSIS Secretariat.
The AFSIS Secretariat led by Dr.Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr.NIIMI Tomohiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert, had opportunities to respectively visit Mr.Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr.Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary General of Office of Agricultural Economics and Mr.Pollachet Tracho, Duputy Secretary General of Office of Agricultural Economics.