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.
This time the program is designed in two stages with 15 participants from almost ASEAN Member countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The first stage is introduction of the program through online training on January 28, 2021 and February 4, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the second stage is actual visit in Japan in the second half of 2021.
In the open ceremony, the program was honored by Mr. Kaname IKEDA, President of RESTEC, and Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, to open the remarks. They highlighted the great cooperation and success in past several years in commitment to continue implementing the Sakura Science Program in conducting the training on the utilization of remote sensing technology for agricultural statistics and experiences in Japanese culture and technology.
AFSIS Secretariat and Center for Agricultural Statistics (CAS), Department of Planning and Finance (DOPF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Lao PDR had conducted Enumerator Training as a part of project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region or SAS-PSA project in Lao PDR on 19-23 July 2021.
On 6 July 2021, AFSIS Secretariat and Center for Agricultural Statistics (CAS), Department of Planning and Finance (DoPF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Lao PDR had conducted the virtual Inception Workshop on Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture (SAS-PSA) in Lao PDR. The main purposes of this Inception Workshop are to inform the objective and the future work plan of the SAS-PSA project, discuss the on-going implementations of the SAS-PSA in Lao PDR, and to get suggestions from all the stakeholders in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Lao PDR.
From 28 June to 1 July 2021, AFSIS Secretariat had participated in the Virtual Trainings on SDG indicator 2.4.1 “Proportion of Agricultural Area under Productive and Sustainable Agriculture” conducted by the Headquarter of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) via Zoom platform. The countries were grouped based on the regions (i.e. time zones) and there were representatives from the different 25 countries namely Australia, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Iran, Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu that had been trained during the session of 28 June to 1 July 2021. Also, 5 representatives from AFSIS Secretariat had also participated with a commitment to the training for at least 4 hours each day.
The 19th Focal Point Meeting of ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) was virtually held on 22-23 June 2021 via Zoom platform due to the situation of COVID-19. It was organized by the AFSIS Secretariat and hosted by Department of International Cooperation and department of Planning and Statistics, Cambodia. The number of distinguished representatives from the relevant agencies including ASEAN Plus Three members, Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC), and ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Secretariat had attended the meeting.