Task Group 5 (TG5) – Asia RiCE (Agriculture and Food Security) Meeting which was a sectoral meeting under the 15th Asia-Oceania GEO (AOGEO) Symposium was held as an online meeting on 12 September 2022.
There were 19 participants from GEOGLAM, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Geo-Informatics and Space Tech Development Agency (GISTDA) Thailand, Asia Disaster Prediction Center (ADPC) Thailand, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Philippines, University of Tokyo, Japan, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC), The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) Japan, and AFSIS Secretariat which the representatives were Dr.Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator staff had attended the meeting.
The TG5 meeting in AOGEO was organized annually with the objective to discuss the way forward to make full use of earth observation technologies (such as satellites) for agricultural production, particularly rice in the Asia-Pacific region, and a better outlook for regional food security and climate resilience.
During the meeting, Dr. Waraporn Saelee had the honor to present AFSIS project and the implementations in Rice Growing Outlook (RGO) activity which AFSIS has supported as an information hub to Asia-RiCE on GEOGLAM. Furthermore, Dr. Waraporn also shared the recommendation to keep continuous dialog with space community and related agencies for the use of satellite-derived agricultural information through human resource development activities.
The meeting ended successfully with great collaboration from all participants. The output in TG5 will be reflected to GEOGLAM for the G20 action plan and works in international and regional organizations.
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”.