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.
In the occasions, Dr.Waraporn has introduced Mr.NIIMI Tomohiro, AFSIS Expert, who is in kind cooperation with AFSIS Secretariat to assist and implement the Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) from 24 September 2020 to 23 November 2022.
In this regard, Mr.NIIMI Tomohiro expressed his sincere gratitude to have a chance to work and cooperate with Thai government as a bridge to connect Japan and Thailand, and hopefully Thailand and Japan will have a good support and well cooperation not only the present but also in the future.
The conversation also highlighted the appreciation of Thai government towards Japanese government for continuously supporting AFSIS activities and the continued cooperation between Thai and Japanese governments for strengthening food security in ASEAN Region.
National agricultural policies are based on statistical data, and the areas under rice cultivation are the most important. A project under the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) / Space Applications For Environment (SAFE) Initiative aimed to develop an evidence-based method for this verification (a “Validation Framework”) to improve their statistical accuracy using satellite-derived rice cultivated area.
On December 23, 2020, AFSIS Secretariat and Center for Agricultural Information (CAI), Agricultural Development Policy and Planning Division, Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand, had conducted Enumerator Training Workshop as a part of project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region or SAS-PSA project in Thailand.
AFSIS Secretariat had an opportunity to consult with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP) regarding a project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) related to SDG indicator 2.4.1.
On November 29, 2020, there was an eruption of Mount Ile Lewotolok or Mount Ile Ape, in Lembata District at East Nusa Tenggara Province in Indonesia. The affected areas which are 17 villages in Ile Ape Sub-District and 9 villages in East Ile Ape Sub-District were expected to be damaged from this eruption. More than 2,700 people from these 26 villages were evacuated to the safe zone.