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.
AFSIS Secretariat discussed with FAORAP about the progress of the SAS-PSA project implementation in Thailand and implementation plan of the SAS-PSA project related to SDG indicator 2.4.1 in Cambodia and Lao PDR. FAORAP informed that the Cambodian government collaborated with FAO and World Bank for implementing the Agricultural Integrated Survey (AGRIS) programme for the whole Cambodia and the questions related to the SDG indicator 2.4.1 were included in the AGRIS questionnaire survey. Thus, AFSIS Secretariat has to seek the other roles/activities for implementing the SAS-PSA project in Cambodia. While Lao PDR is now doing national agricultural census. FAORAP suggested that AFSIS Secretariat should wait for the sampling frame from agricultural census to identify agricultural household for the pilot survey of the SAS-PSA project.
Moreover, the FAORAP appreciated to the questionnaire of the SAS-PSA project related to SDG indicator 2.4.1 that is based on the FAO Survey Module with additional questions related to COVID-19 situation. Lastly, AFSIS Secretariat also consulted in the issue of the calculation of sub-indicator 10 (Food Insecurity Experience Scale: FIES) for SDG indicator 2.4.1 that FAORAP will conduct the methodological training and demonstrate how to calculate FIES afterwards.
The Meeting also noted the strong collaboration between FAORAP, AFSIS Secretariat and Thai Government to strengthen food security information in ASEAN region and develop capacity building in ASEAN member 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.
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.
On the 4th of December 2020, AFSIS Secretariat has attended the Volunteering activity “Big Cleaning Day” managing by the Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand.