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.
In the occasions, Dr. Waraporn has introduced Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert, who is in kind cooperation with AFSIS Secretariat to assist and implement the Project for Strengthening ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Function for Emergency (SAFER) which starts from 21 November 2022 to 20 November 2025 with the objective to strengthen the AFSIS function on immediate sharing of food security information in the case of emergency.
Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro expressed his sincere gratitude to have a chance to work and cooperate with Thai government as a bridge to connect Japan and Thailand, and hopefully Thailand and Japan will have a good support and well cooperation not only the present but also in the future.
The highlight of conversation during the visit was on the appreciation of Thai government towards Japanese government for continuously supporting AFSIS activities and the continued cooperation between Thai and Japanese governments for strengthening food security in ASEAN Region which is the current important issue that we are all responsible for taking action in supporting the agricultural management in the region to achieve one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda to secure the zero hunger, achieve food security and promote sustainable agriculture.
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 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).
The Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS), funded and organized the Local Training on Establishing Real-Time AFSIS and Development of Human Resources 3rd Phase Project during 23-25 November 2022, in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Additionally, the training was provided by the EGIS consortium as the instructors.