On 25 March 2022, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been successfully developed the web system called “VEDAS cloud system” to provide the wide-area precipitation data to AFSIS and the ASEAN Member Countries for Rice Growing Outlook report (RGO) activity.
This VEDAS cloud system is the following-up from the fruitful meeting between ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) together with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and ISRO on the 11th November 2021. The meeting confirmed the benefits of trilateral collaboration on the use of satellite-based information for RGO activities, and agreed to continue the collaboration to further with the objective to utilize the earth-observing satellite data for enhancing the food security system in ASEAN regions.
This is the one of the successful cooperation between AFSIS, JAXA, and ISRO since more trainings are currently planned for this near future.
For accessing the wide-area precipitation data, please kindly visit: https://vedas.sac.gov.in/AFSIS
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)”.