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.
Regional Forum on Geospatial Information Application for Agricultural Monitoring in South-East Asia hosted by Yunan University was held in Kunming, China, Secord Segment (Technology, Institution and, Policy) on November 30 – December 1, 2023.
The Invitational Workshop on the Project for Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) and Development Human Resources, hosted by the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion, and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (EPIS) with the collaboration of the AFSIS Secretariat, was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on November 20–25, 2023.
The tropical cyclone's name was “INVEST 99W” found by the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting (NCHMF) on 17 October 2023. As of 1300 HRS UTC+7, the center of the eye of this Tropical Depression was situated around 15.7°N, 110.6°E, approximately 160 km southwest of the Hoang Sa archipelago. It has been confirmed that the low-pressure area and intensified to Tropical depression status.
On 20 October 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat joined a webinar organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and APTERR Secretariat on the topic “Strengthening Food Security in Southeast Asia: Regional Cooperation, Market Development, and Policy Reforms”.