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.
The representatives from the AFSIS Secretariat are Dr.Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Ms. Ploypailin Na Nakorn, Technical Staff, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator staff, had attended this meeting.
The purpose of this meeting is to exchange information, evaluate, and forecast food security data in ASEAN and globally in 2021-2022, including statistics on production, consumption, trading, and food reserves for the primary crops of rice, sugarcane, maize, and soybean for the ASEAN Member States.
Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, had presented AFSIS key activities, cooperative activities during 2021-2022, and future work plan, including the upcoming the 20th AFSIS Focal Point on 8-9 June 2022, and the Online Training on 11-12 July 2022 from the collaboration of JAXA, ISRO, GISTDA, and AFSIS at the meeting as well.
In addition, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) presented the proposal for OECD-ASEAN cooperation on food security and also informed in the meeting about the online workshop which will be conducted on 8 December 2022 to exchange policy experiences on food security.
At the end of the conference, Mr. Kuy Huot, Chairman from Cambodia, expressed a great appreciation to all participants and their dedication to the production progress.
For the 43rd Meeting of AFSRB will be hosted by Indonesia in the next year.
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.
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)”.
According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), the affected areas caused by Tropical Storm "Agaton" (international name: "Megi") were Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, SOCCSKSARGEN and Caraga. As of the latest bulletin from DA, 17,925 hectares of agricultural lands have been reportedly damaged which amounted to P725.2 million in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Agaton’s onslaught.