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.
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.