On 30 March 2022, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the FAO-Regional Office for Asia-Pacific have recently launched two free “Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) using CSPro Android and Survey Solutions” for people who are interested in the basics of CAPI data collection and management, and also for those who would like to develop their own questionnaires and apply these skills to a wide variety of surveys.
The course was firstly launched in 2019 and it was very successful and led to the increase in demand from learners across the world. Therefore, in this year, ADB and FAO have decided to launch a fourth round of the two MOOCs free-of-charge.
The course will introduce learners to two free CAPI platforms being used by official data collection agencies across the world: (i) CSPro Android developed by the US Census Bureau, and (ii) Survey Solutions designed by the World Bank.
In This regard, we encourage staff in your organization who are interested in enhancing their skills in CAPI to register online at
-----> CAPI Online Course 4th Iteration Registration Form (office.com) by 29 April 2022.
Further advance course
Furthermore, a new online training course on Advanced CAPI using Survey Solutions will be launched on 23 May 2022. Note that only learners who have completed any of the previous iterations of the basic Survey Solutions course (including the current one) may take the advanced course. Interested participants may register online at
-----> Advanced Course on Survey Solutions Registration Form (office.com) by 13 May 2022.
The tools needed for the courses
The medium of instruction will be English. Those enrolling for the course are expected to have access to a computer, handheld device (Android based smartphone or tablet), and internet connectivity.
For the flyer and QR code, please click -----> New CAPI flyer 25March
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)”.