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.
The attendants were SOM AMAF Leaders, SOM Leaders Plus Three Countries, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat, and AFSIS Secretariat representatives, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Ms. Poufai Khukhuntin, Project Coordinator.
In this regard, Dr. Waraporn had presented the outcomes of AFSIS implementation on 2020-2021:Q2, consisting of the administrative function and general management, human resources development, food security information development and reports on 5 main agricultural commodities in ASEAN.
Moreover, she stated one of the future plan to conduct the special meeting on “Discussion of Future of AFSIS” which approximately will be in the end of 2021. Furthermore, the progress of the Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture (SAS-PSA), as well as the future work plan for 2022 were reported to the meeting.
The Meeting acknowledged the contribution of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand for leading AFSIS Secretariat and also expressed the heartfelt gratitude toward AFSIS’s consistent hard work to strengthening the food security in ASEAN.
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)”.