On 16 June 2021, The 41th Meeting of the ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB) hosted by Brunei Darussalam was held as a Video Conference through Zoom platform due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The 26 participants of the meeting included AFSRB Secretariat, AFSRB Member States namely; Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat, and AFSIS Secretariat had attended the meeting as well.
The representatives from the AFSIS Secretariat are Dr.Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Ms. Thanchanok Pongputhinan, Assistant AFSIS Manager, Mr. Tanabodee Kheosipalard, Statistician, and Ms. Poufai Khukhuntin, Project Coordinator staff, had attended this significant meeting.
The objective of this meeting is to be the platform for ASEAN Member States to exchange the data, evaluate and forecast food security situation in ASEAN and global level including the information of producing, consuming, trading, and food reserve for the main crops namely rice, sugarcane, maize, and soybean in 2020-2021.
During the meeting, ASEAN Secretariat reaffirmed the collaboration with relevant organizations, including with AFSIS Secretariat to promote sustainable agriculture in ASEAN countries to ensure the food security in ASEAN, especially during the COVID-19 situation. Dr.Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, also presented AFSIS key activities as well as cooperative activities during 2020-2021 at the meeting.
At the end of the conference, the Meeting expressed a great appreciation to a productive progress of AFSIS Secretariat.
The 42st Meeting of AFSRB will be hosted by Cambodia for the next year.
The Center for Agricultural Statistics (CAS), Department of Planning and Finance (DoPF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Lao PDR, together with AFSIS Secretariat, had conducted a Data Analysis Training in Lao PDR during 6-10 September 2021 as a part of project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region or SAS-PSA project.
On 1 September 2021, the Department of Planning and Statistics (DPS), Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the Kingdom of Cambodia, together with AFSIS Secretariat had conducted the virtual meeting of the 1st meeting in Cambodia as a part of the Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) for the 3rd year project (2022). According to the Letter of Agreement (LoA) between AFSIS Secretariat and the DPS, MAFF of Cambodia, it was signed on 25 August 2021.
On 24 August 2021, the Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 20th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (Special SOM-20th AMAF +3) was held virtually as a Video Conference and honorably hosted by Cambodia.
Center for Agricultural Statistics (CAS), Department of Planning and Finance (DoPF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Lao PDR, had visited Khammouane province on 2 -16 August 2021 to conduct a pilot survey for the project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN region or SAS-PSA project.