The 11th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Council was conducted physically on 25-26 April 2023 at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea, hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) of the Republic of Korea.
Participants were from the APTERR members and related organizations such as the ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Secretariat, which was AFSIS Manager, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, and the ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB) Secretariat.
The objectives of the meeting are to report and discuss the outcomes of the work and budget for the fiscal year 2022, the terminal report of the second phase of financial contribution to the APTERR Fund, and to propose the work and annual operational budget proposal for the fiscal year 2023. Also, the Meeting was updated on the completed implementation from the recipient countries.
In addition, during the meeting this year, Dr. Waraporn had an opportunity to present the proposed option “To merge AFSIS to APTERR” for the future of AFSIS to discuss with the APTERR Council members. The result of the discussion, including recommendations and considerations from this meeting will be presented in the upcoming 21st AFSIS Focal Point Meeting on 17-18 May 2023 in Lao PDR and will be reported to the SSOM-AMAF+3 this year for further consideration and action in order to sustain the AFSIS in the future.
The next meeting, the 12th Meeting of APTERR Council, will be hosted by the People’s Republic of China and the date is still under consideration.
Regional Forum on Geospatial Information Application for Agricultural Monitoring in South-East Asia hosted by Yunan University was held in Kunming, China, Secord Segment (Technology, Institution and, Policy) on November 30 – December 1, 2023.
The Invitational Workshop on the Project for Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) and Development Human Resources, hosted by the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion, and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (EPIS) with the collaboration of the AFSIS Secretariat, was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on November 20–25, 2023.
The tropical cyclone's name was “INVEST 99W” found by the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting (NCHMF) on 17 October 2023. As of 1300 HRS UTC+7, the center of the eye of this Tropical Depression was situated around 15.7°N, 110.6°E, approximately 160 km southwest of the Hoang Sa archipelago. It has been confirmed that the low-pressure area and intensified to Tropical depression status.
On 20 October 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat joined a webinar organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and APTERR Secretariat on the topic “Strengthening Food Security in Southeast Asia: Regional Cooperation, Market Development, and Policy Reforms”.