The 20th Focal Point Meeting of ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) was held on 8-9 June 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia as the first time for AFSIS Focal Point Meeting to hold a hybrid meeting. It was organized by the AFSIS Secretariat and hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of Indonesia.
The number of distinguished representatives from the relevant agencies namely ASEAN Plus Three members, Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC), SEAA Research LLC., ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Secretariat, ASEAN Secretariat, and AFSIS Secretariat had attended the meeting.
Also, the participants attending this meeting physically were the representatives of Indonesia, 2 representatives of Cambodia, 1 representative of Japan, and 6 representatives of AFSIS Secretariat.
The 20th AFSIS Focal Point Meeting is a great opportunity for the AFSIS Focal Points and all participants to share, discuss, and extend the knowledge and innovation on agricultural statistics, challenges of food security in the region, and sustainable development goals. The main objectives of the meeting are to inform the ASEAN Plus Three Countries about the outcomes and achievements of AFSIS in 2021, to consider 2022 work plan, and related issues.
In addition, there was also an open session for the ASEAN Plus Three member countries to discuss the Future of AFSIS project after the opinions on the proposed options were gathered from all member countries. AFSIS Secretariat will inform the result of selected options in the Special SOM-AMAF +3 for further consideration toward the Future of AFSIS after 2024.
The Meeting expressed appreciation toward the roles of the AFSIS Secretariat in strengthening food security and vowed to continually cooperate and support the projects under AFSIS implementation.
The meeting was successfully ended with great collaboration from all participants. For the next meeting, the 21st Focal Point Meeting of AFSIS will be hosted by Lao PDR on 12-13 June 2023 in Vientiane as the virtual meeting.
On 8 August 2022, Mr. Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), Ministry of Agricultural and Cooperative (MOAC) of Thailand had attended the Bilateral Meeting in Tokyo, Japan with Mr. KANKE Hideto, Director General, Statistics Department (SD), Minister's Secretariat, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan to discuss the effective and smooth implementation of AFSIS in the future.
Regarding the situation report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the highland province of Abra on 27 July 2022, causing landslides and collapsing of structures. The earthquake’s epicenter was in the town of Tayum, Abra, with the plate tectonics, felt in various intensities across Northwestern Luzon and its surrounding areas including Metro Manila.
The Space Application on Environment (SAFE) with the collaboration of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) of India, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) of Thailand, and AFSIS Secretariat had conducted the Training Program on Satellite-Derived Agrometeorological Data for AFSIS’s Rice Growing Outlook (RGO) for Agriculture Management in the ASEAN on 11 July 2022 as a virtual program.
The Department of Planning and Statistics (DPS), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Cambodia, together with AFSIS Secretariat, had conducted the Training Workshop on Data Tabulate analyze results on 29-30 June 2022 and the Wrap-up meeting on 1 July 2022 as the parts of the project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) in Siem Reap, Cambodia.