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.
In this regard, Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, the Japanese Expert had trained Mr. Sengphachan KHOUNTHIKOUMMANE, the National Consultant of Lao PDR as a lecturer on the details of SDG indicator 2.4.1 questionnaire and data collection process in advance on 15 July 2021 toensure that there is a common understanding of all questions and response codes by the National Consultant so that he can perform as a lecturer and train the CAS staff in Lao language properly during 5 days training (19-23 July 2021).
The Enumerator Training aims to develop capacity, strengthen knowledge and experience of the CAS staff on the SDG indicator 2.4.1. data collection. The main activities of the training are 1) familiarize enumerators with the overview of Enumerator Manual and structures of the questionnaire related to the SDG indicator 2.4.1 designed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2) train enumerators on how to use the Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) by the survey solution application for the interview households 3) conduct a pilot test field survey in Thadindaeng Village, Xaythany District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR and 4) summarize all issues which enumerators facing in the pilot test field survey.
The Enumerator Training went successfully with the corporation of all participants from both CAS staff, AFSIS Secretariat and the Japanese Expert. The training ended with the notable Closing Session by Ms. Vivanh Souvannamethy, Director of CAS, DOPF, MAF, Lao PDR.
On 23-24 May 2022, AFSIS Secretariat was invited by the Secretary General of the Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand as Chair of APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) to attend the APEC PPFS Webinar on “Sharing good practices on Sustainable Agricultural Development through the Principle of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy” at Pullman King Power Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
On 18 May 2022, AFSIS Secretariat had been invited to participate in the conference titled “Agricultural Database Development for Better Policy Making and Ensuring Food Security” as a joint event of the Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CLSS) via Zoom platform.
The 42nd Meeting of the ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB) hosted by Cambodia was held as a Video Conference through Zoom platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 11 May 2022. There were 37 participants from AFSRB Secretariat, AFSRB Member States namely; Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat, OECD, and AFSIS Secretariat attended the meeting.
On the 21st April 2022, AFSIS Secretariat had attended the virtual preparatory meeting which was conducted by the Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) Executive Board coordinated by the Co-Chairs Dr. Shantanau Bhatawdekar from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Dr. Shin-ichi Sobue from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the training program on "Satellite-derived Agrometeorological Data for AFSIS’s Rice Growing Outlook (RGO)”.