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.
Ms. Thanchanok Pongputhinan, Assistant AFSIS Manager, and Ms. Thidarat Thammasorn, Technical Staff, are the representatives of AFSIS Secretariat to attend the online workshop. In this regard, Ms. Thanchanok Pongputhinan presented the progress of AFSIS in 2019-2020, direction of unified and developed master form for food security data collection from EPIS and AFSIS future work plan, and the representatives of 6 countries also presented the country report, the establishment of NAIS and challenges in the country and future work plan of NAIS next phase.
The workshop highlighted the information of Remote Sensing Technology in agriculture, production and utilization cases of agricultural forecasting Information, current status of NAIS from 6 countries, collecting and utilization of agriculture statistic, Korean soil information system, technology for spatial information, precision and ICT agriculture using drones and so on.
In this training, EPIS also included workshop on action plan for 3rd phrase Real-time AFSIS from 6 ASEAN member countries, and with the respectful and trustworthy from EPIS, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, was invited to be one of the honor evaluators of evaluation committee for action plans from 6 countries.
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.