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.
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).