The Sakura Science Program 2022 – Online Training
On 18 October 2022, AFSIS Secretariat attended the Sakura Science Plan 2022 which is the Japan Asia Youth Exchange Program with the cooperation of Japan Science and Technology (JST), the Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC). As this year, to avoid of COVID-19 current situation, the training was held as online training.
There was a total of 15 candidates from 6 countries of the ASEAN Member States including Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The representatives of the AFSIS Secretariat were Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator staff, and Ms. Kornrawee Ungwanitban, Assistant of Project Coordinator and Administration staff had attended the opening session of this online training.
The objectives of this online training are 1) to learn about the utilization of remote sensing technology for application in the agriculture field, satellite-derived agrometeorological information for agriculture with an emphasis on image interpretation, and 2) to discuss the practical usage of remote sensing in the agriculture field.
During the opening session of the training program, Mr. Kaname IKEDA, President of RESTEC, and Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager were honored with welcoming remarks, and opening remarks respectively.
The online training will be held from 18 October to 22 November 2022, every Tuesday. Additionally, the program not only has a training section but also has been providing technical hands-on assignments with in-depth instructions by lecturers to further strengthen capacity building and help strengthen food security in the ASEAN region for the long term with great success.
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.