On 7-8 June 2023, the 43rd Meeting of the ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB) hosted by Indonesia was conducted as a physical meeting in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia.
Delegates of ASEAN Member States namely; Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam attended the meeting. Representatives from AFSRB Secretariat, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat, and AFSIS Secretariat, which were Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Ms. Worada Wongsud, Secretary to Japanese Expert, were also in attendance.
The purpose of the meeting is to facilitate the sharing of information, evaluation, and forecast of food security data within ASEAN and globally for the period of 2022-2023. This includes gathering statistics on the production, consumption, trade, and food reserves of primary crops such as rice, sugar, maize, and soybean among the ASEAN Member States. Especially, the AFSRB Meeting this year will discuss and endorse the ASEAN Leaders' Declaration on Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Response to Crises.
During the meeting, Dr. Waraporn presented the progress report of AFSIS in 2022-2023, including the challenges in the process of a core report of AFSIS were reported for discussion among member countries. In addition, the implementation plan for the sustainability of AFSIS in the future was also presented for further cooperation and suggestion as it would greatly contribute to the achievement of the ASEAN Leaders' Declaration on Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Response to Crises in order to strengthen food security in the region through the systematic collection, analysis, and dissemination of food security related information.
The meeting successfully ended with the endorsement of the ASEAN Leaders’ Declaration from a great collaboration of all participants. The date and venue of the 44th Meeting of AFSRB will be announced later.
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.