The Invitational Workshop on the Project for Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System and Development Human Resources in Seoul, Republic of Korea
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, during 10-14 October 2022.
On this occasion, Dr. Young-ki Hwang, the Director of EPIS and chairman of the workshop, delivered the opening remarks and Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager who attended the workshop virtually delivered the welcome remarks to all participants. The workshop was attended by representatives from 5 target ASEAN member countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, and Vietnam, as well as the AFSIS Secretariat.
The main purposes of the workshop were to report results and future plans of each country’s National Agri-Food Information System (NAIS), conduct a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) to review the Real-Time AFSIS Projects’ accomplishments and discuss ways to further improvement, and share experiences in the utilization of spatial data and a forecasting model in the field of Food Security Information System.
In addition, the workshop provided all participants with the great opportunity to visit 3 following sites:
During the presentation session, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manager, gave the participants a presentation on the AFSIS project, current achievements, and future expectations of the 3rd phase of the Real-Time AFSIS project. In this regard, AFSIS will keep on continuing to support and collaborate with the relevant organizations for the development of human resources in the ASEAN region as well as the enhancement of the ASEAN Food Security Information System.
According to the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet) on 12 December 2022, heavy rainfall has caused floods across the southern Malay Peninsula (Malaysia) and northern Sumatra (Indonesia). In Malaysia, 2,550 people have been displaced to 29 evacuation centers across the states of Johor, Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, and Terengganu
The Web meeting on the Development of Training Data for INAHOR Prototyping Project Activity, an activity under the “Promote Rice Planted Area Estimation Using Space-Based Technologies” under Asia Pacific Regional Space Forum (APRSAF) Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) initiative, was held on 15 December 2022 as a virtual meeting with 3 target countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam.
On 2 December 2022, AFSIS Secretariat led by Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert, had opportunities to respectively visit Mr. Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary General, Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), the host of AFSIS Secretariat office. In addition, Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro also had an opportunity to visit Mr. Vinit Atisook, Deputy Secretary General of OAE and Mr. Choomjet Karnjanakesorn, General Manager of APTERR Secretariat as well.
On 21 November 2022 in Java province, Indonesia, an earthquake of 5.6 magnitudes at a shallow depth of 10 km hit the Cianjur region, triggering landslides and causing buildings to collapse, including schools where classes were underway. The epicenter of the earthquake was on land 10 km southwest of Cianjur Regency (West Java Province). Warnings for heavy rainfall with lighting and strong winds have been issued for 23-25 November over North Sumatra and South Kalimantan Province while light rain is expected across Cianjur Regency (West Java Province).