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 2 December 2022, AFSIS Secretariat led by Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert, had opportunities to respectively visit Mr. Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary General, Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), the host of AFSIS Secretariat office. In addition, Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro also had an opportunity to visit Mr. Vinit Atisook, Deputy Secretary General of OAE and Mr. Choomjet Karnjanakesorn, General Manager of APTERR Secretariat as well.
On 21 November 2022 in Java province, Indonesia, an earthquake of 5.6 magnitudes at a shallow depth of 10 km hit the Cianjur region, triggering landslides and causing buildings to collapse, including schools where classes were underway. The epicenter of the earthquake was on land 10 km southwest of Cianjur Regency (West Java Province). Warnings for heavy rainfall with lighting and strong winds have been issued for 23-25 November over North Sumatra and South Kalimantan Province while light rain is expected across Cianjur Regency (West Java Province).
The Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS), funded and organized the Local Training on Establishing Real-Time AFSIS and Development of Human Resources 3rd Phase Project during 23-25 November 2022, in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Additionally, the training was provided by the EGIS consortium as the instructors.
On 15 November 2022, AFSIS Secretariat attended the Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG) virtually which was the working group session of APRSAF-28 that was held physically in Hanoi, Vietnam during 15-18 November 2022.