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.
In this regard, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Statistician, Senior Professional Level, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand, and Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, Japanese Expert, have performed as lecturers in this workshop. The objectives of the workshop are to make the same understanding in each question in the questionnaire applying the SDG indicator 2.4.1 method based on FAO Survey Module, increase the knowledge of the pilot survey questionnaire and develop capacity for the enumerators before collecting data from farm households.
Therefore, the enumerators are collecting the pilot survey in Chachoengsao from December 24, 2020, and it is expected to finish on January 23, 2021.
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.
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.
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.