On 17 April 2023, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manager, attended the ASEAN Conference on Strengthening Food Security Integration in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The objectives of this conference were to discuss and solicit inputs from related ASEAN bodies in formulating the ASEAN Leaders' Declaration on Strengthening Food Security and Nurition in Times of Crises and stock-take policy recommendations from relevant sectors in strengthening the region’s food security in times of crisis and efforts in building the resiliency towards future unprecedented situations as well as discuss the outline of the Zero Draft Declaration.
The participants of the event were representatives of ASEAN bodies and relevant sectors; ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SOM-AMAF), ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM), ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting (SEOM), ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB), ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Reserve Board (APTERR) Secretariat, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), representatives from Agriculture, Economic, Transport Sector of Timor-Leste, and ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Secretariat.
During the conference, AFSIS Secretariat presented the activities under a collaboration between ASEAN+3 countries and the AFSIS Secretariat which aim to enhance human resource capacities and commit to the development of the food security system in the region for the readily use towards situations as well as support the policymakers and relevant organizations in strengthening food security in current and future emergencies of the ASEAN region.
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.