On 21 December 2021, AFSIS Secretariat, together with the Center for Agricultural Statistic (CAS), Department of Planning and Finance (DOPF), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) of Lao PDR had jointly conducted the Wrap-up meeting as a part of Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture or the SAS-PSA project in Lao PDR. The meeting was held via an online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
During this meeting, Ms. Vivanh Souvannamethy, the Director of CAS had delivered the open remarks, followed by the notable remarks by Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, Japanese Expert, and the distinguished remarks by Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager.
The main purpose of the meeting is for the CAS to present to the Meeting the details and summary of the SAS-PSA project that had been conducted in Lao PDR. The details of the presentation included the action plan, the sampling design, the result from the pilot survey and the analysis outcomes of SDG indicator 2.4.1 in Khammouane province.
At the end of the meeting, there was a discussion regarding the challenges, suggestions, and comments for the implementation of the SAS-PSA project in Lao PDR. The Meeting acknowledged the importance and benefits of the project as it plays the crucial parts to implement the national survey of SDG indicator 2.4.1 in Lao PDR in the future.
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)”.