The Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 43rd Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SSOM-43rd AMAF) and the Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 21st Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (SSOM-21st AMAF+3) were held during 23-24 August 2022, hosted by the Republic of Indonesia as the virtual meeting.
For the SSOM-43rd AMAF on 23 August 2022, the attendants were SOM AMAF Leaders, ASEAN secretariat and AFSIS Secretariat on agenda 5.1 regarding the ASEAN Plus Three agenda.
The representatives of AFSIS Secretariat were Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manager, Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, Japanese Expert, Mr. Tanabodee Kheosipalard, Statistician, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator.
While the SSOM-21st AMAF+3 on 24 August 2022, the attendants were SOM AMAF Leaders, SOM Leaders Plus Three Countries, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat, and AFSIS Secretariat representatives which were Dr. Waraporn Saelee, Mr. NIIMI Tomohiro, Mr. Tanabodee Kheosipalard, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong.
In this regard, Dr. Waraporn reported the meeting of the outcomes, and achievements of the AFSIS implementation in the 2021-2022: Q2 and future Workplan. Furthermore, the summary result of the discussion on the future of AFSIS from the 20th AFSIS Focal Point Meeting and the proposal on the future of AFSIS were presented in the aforesaid meetings.
After the presentation, the Meeting acknowledged the sincere gratitude from Lao PDR toward the progress of AFSIS’ activities in human resource development and food security information development that assist the improvement of agriculture in ASEAN Member States (AMS).
The Meeting also noted the comments from Thailand and Japan in accordance with proposed options for the future of AFSIS to support the option for setting up AFSIS to be the Intergovernmental Organization and to seek support and consultation from ASEAN Secretariat for further actions with respect to the current laws and regulations of member countries.
On 19-20 September 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat attended the Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG) which was a working group session of APRSAF-29 that was jointly organized by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) of Indonesia, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The APRSAF-29 was held in Jakarta, Indonesia this year.
According to the ASEAN Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS), the southwest monsoon brings heavy rainfall over Lao PDR causing flooding and landslide incidents since 4 August 2023. Regarding the water level across Lao PDR, a warning has been issued since 1 August regarding water levels across Lao PDR.
On 31 August 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat with the collaboration of the Regional Office of Agricultural Economics 7 at Nongmuang District in Lopburi province and Nakhon Sawan Field Crops Research Center attended the maize field trip in Nakhon Sawan provinces, Thailand.
On 29-30 August 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan held the Regional Workshop on the Strengthening ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Function for Emergency (SAFER) at Novotel Sukhumvit 20 hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.