On 13 September 2022, Ms. Chenyang Zhang, a representative of the Odyssey Technical Company Limited from Hong Kong visited the AFSIS Secretariat office.
The Odyssey Technical Company Limited is a multimedia platform company in Hong Kong that focuses on issues regarding sustainable development, South-South cooperation, and agricultural development.
The purpose of this visit was to conduct the interview with Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager.
During the interview, Dr. Waraporn presented the introduction of AFSIS project including the implementation of AFSIS in 2 main components which are Food security Information Development (FSID) and Human Resource Development (HRD). The HRD aims to raise the capacity of member states to provide related personnel in the member states with knowledge and skills, so they can apply them to their work. While FSID is for disseminating food security-related data that is used for the policy planning and activities in member countries to assess food security situations in the region and identify the areas where food insecurity is likely to occur so they can tackle and support release those difficulties.
The interview is planned to be published on the YouTube channel and on Chinese social media as this interview will be a part of their plan to promote sustainable development concepts through different projects and China's foreign aid to agriculture.
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.