The Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 19th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (SSOM-19thAMAF+3) was held on 5 August 20202 via Video Conference. The host of the meeting was Brunei Darussalam, and it was organized by ASEAN Secretariat.
The attendant were SOM AMAF Leaders, SOM Leaders Plus Three Countries, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat and AFSIS Secretariat Representatives, Dr.Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Ms.Thanchanok Pongputhinan, Statistician, Practitioner Level and Mr.Danudet Phuiponthan, Project coordinator.
Dr.Waraporn Saelee presented the outcomes of AFSIS implementation on 2019-2020, focusing on the food security information development, human resources development and statistical data development on 5 main agricultural commodities in ASEAN, as well as the future work plan for 2021 and implementation plan of Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture or SAS-PSA. She also highlighted the new AFSIS project namely Report and Disseminate the Information Regarding the Serious Disaster, in which Japan expected AFSIS to strengthen this project on rapid information dissemination when serious disaster occurs.
The Meeting noted that Japan’s commitment to continue support the activities of AFSIS.
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).