The ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) had attended the Multi-stakeholder virtual consultation on the FAO Regional Strategy on Food Loss and Waste Reduction in Asia and the Pacific conducted by FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific on 1-2 June 2021.
This meeting was attended by 92 participants from various organization and countries over the world, including 2 participants from AFSIS Secretariat led by Ms. Thanchanok Pongputhinan, Assistant AFSIS Manager along with Ms. Poufai Khukhuntin, Project Coordinator Staff.
The objective of the meeting is to share the existing knowledge on Food Loss and Waste (FLW) from the FLW draft Strategy and to learn other countries experiences and move steadily forward to FLW reduction.
The meeting discussed the overview of food losses and waste, Asia-Pacific Food Loss and Waste Reduction (FLW) Strategy on this matter, and also emphasized on the food loss and waste reduction during the climate change and the COVID-19 outbreak.
The meeting also highlighted the vision, goal, and objective toward this matter, as well as opened the enthusiastic discussion on the roadmap on reducing food losses and waste according to SDG 12.3
This noteworthy meeting was fruitful and accomplished its objective in discussing and empowering the Food Loss and Waste Reduction concepts to all participants.
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.