On 28 May 2021, the 9th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Council was held as a virtual conference through Cisco Webex Video Conference. The Meeting was organized by the APTERR Secretariat and hosted by the National Food Authority (NFA), Department of Agriculture, the Philippines.
The meeting was attended by the representatives from the APTERR members and observers from other organizations such as ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Secretariat, ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB), and ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC).
There were 4 representatives from the AFSIS Secretariat that attended this meeting which led by Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager and Mr. Tomohiro NIIMI, the Japanese expert.
The objectives of the meeting are to update the Meeting on the progress of the instrument of ratification deposited by the APTERR Parties, to present the Meeting with the latest update on the status of the Endowment Fund and the contribution for the Operational Cost of the APTERR Fund, to discuss on the work plan and budget plan for the fiscal year 2020 and the work plan and annual operational budget proposal for the fiscal year 2021.
The Meeting has also approved the proposed details of APTERR Tier 3 programmes, as well as an update on the implementation of APTERR programmes.
Moreover, during the meeting, the manager of AFSIS Secretariat expressed the commitment to continuing support APTERR Secretariat, and mentioned that the Early Warning Information Reports, and Rice Growing Outlook Reports, in collaboration with RESTEC, will continue to launch in order to be beneficial for the APTERR Secretariat and other organizations.
The meeting was held successfully and ended fruitfully at 12:53 pm, the Philippines time.
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.