On 13 February 2023, AFSIS Secretariat held a meeting with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) under the Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) community with support from JAXA and MAFF of Japan in meeting room 1, Innovation building, Office of Agricultural Economics, Bangkok.
The participants were 3 representatives from JAXA: Dr. Shinichi Sobue, Dr. Kei Oyoshi, and Mr. Go Segami, 1 representative from MAFF, Mr. Ryuki Ikeda, 1 representative from SEAA Research LLC, Mr. Shoji Kimura, and the AFSIS Secretariat.
The objective of the meeting was to introduce SAFE projects and cooperation in SAFE activities i.e., the SAFE Rice monitoring (INAHOR) using ALOS-2satellite and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) with training data collection for rice mapping, a New SAFE project regarding methane emission from paddy rice (CH4Rice), and the relationship between SAFE Rice monitoring (INAHOR) project and FAO project.
In addition, there was a discussion session where the participants discussed the potential collaboration between AFSIS Secretariat and JAXA for enhancing the food security information in the ASEAN Region by using satellite technology in the future.
During 14-17 February 2023, AFSIS Secretariat attended the meeting and site visit on the livestock and fishery production survey with the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) Region 5 in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand.
On 9 February 2023, the 2 representatives of the AFSIS Secretariat, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr. Tanabodee Kheosipalard, Statistician, were invited to be the distinguished guest for the Policy hand-in and Closing Ceremony in the Young ASEAN Leader Policy Initiative (YALPI) 2023 at Building 3, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
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.
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
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