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 on25 August 2021.
There were 4 delegates from Cambodia attended the meeting, which led by Mr. Mak Mony, Director of DPS, MAFF, Cambodia. Also, 5 delegates were from AFSIS Secretariat led by Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, the Japanese Expert and Ms. Sumanya Ngandee, Assistant AFSIS Manager.
This consultative meeting’s purpose is to discuss the action plan consisting of 1) project implementation and budget estimation, 2) target province of the pilot survey, 3) pilot survey plan and fieldwork, 4) questionnaires and types of questionnaires, 5) enumerator training and data analysis training, and 6) program for tabulation and analysis of the results from the survey. Moreover, the meeting aims to achieve a mutual understanding in the action plan details.
At the end of the meeting, the DPS preferred to use Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) for the pilot survey questionnaires and also purposed Battambang province as a target province for the field survey of the SAS-PSA project in Cambodia.
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 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.
The ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Secretariat along with the Center for Agricultural Information (CAI), Agricultural Development Policy and Planning Division, Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand, had conducted an In Country Wrap-up Meeting as a part of project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN region or SAS-PSA project in Thailand on 17 August 2021 via Zoom application due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.