On 2 February 2023, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat conducted the virtual workshop entitled “OECD-ASEAN Workshop on Food Security: Sharing Evidence and Policy Experiences” which is a part of a wider project between OECD and ASEAN.
The objective of the workshop was to discuss priorities and key challenges related to food security in the ASEAN region; encourage cooperation in data collection, policy analysis, and reporting activities done and planned for the ASEAN region; and develop a network that can sustain a long-term policy dialogue between the OECD and the ASEAN region.
At this event, the 2 representatives of AFSIS member countries, Mr. Roby Darmawan,Director of the Center for Agricultural Data and Information System, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia, and Ms. Tapee Vatcharangkool, Expert on Agricultural Economic Policy, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand, attended as the speakers in session 1: Trade and domestic policy monitoring, and session 2: Agricultural markets and outlook, respectively. In addition, 3 representatives of the AFSIS Secretariat which were Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manager, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator also attended the workshop.
The event integrated the discussions of agriculture, fisheries, and food trade policies, including the session that invited all participants to shareopinions and experienceson these issues with regard to food security in their countries.
The workshop ended successfully with the accomplished objective of sharing the information to strengthen the food security information in ASEAN and developing the network between OECD and ASEAN region to further collaboration in the future.
On 20 – 21 February 2024, AFSIS Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia conducted the Workshop for promote rice planted area and production estimation using space-based technologies in Cambodia at Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
On 21 February 2024, AFSIS Secretariat attended the online Kick-off Meeting and Project Steering Committee which was conducted in collaboration of the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS), the Center for Agricultural Data and Information System (CADIS) from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Indonesia and EGIS Korea company limited (EGIS) under the Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System(AFSIS) and Development of Human Resources 3rd Phase – Pilot Project on strategic crop forecasting system for food security in Indonesia.
On February 2, 2024, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines felt the impact of the Northeast Monsoon and the Trough of the Low-Pressure Area (LPA), as disclosed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The persistent trough of the Low-Pressure Area led to moderate to heavy rainfall, resulting in flooding and landslides across multiple areas in the region.
On 25 January 2024, AFSIS Secretariat held the 1st Special Directors General Meeting of ASEAN+3 for the AFSIS New Framework via Online Conference in Bangkok Thailand, with the cooperation from the representatives of ASEAN+3 to share their opinions and guidance on the proceeds for preparing for AFSIS New Framework