On 28 June 2023, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, an outgoing AFSIS manager, signed and handed over the position of AFSIS manager to Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, who will perform as a new AFSIS manager starting on 30 June 2023. The ceremony took place at the AFSIS Secretariat office, Innovation Building, Office of Agricultural Economics.
On this occasion, Dr. Waraporn informed the objectives of the AFSIS project, as well as explained the responsibilities of AFSIS, which focus on two aspects: Human Resource Development and Food Security Information Development, and also the AFSIS future workplan to Dr. Sumalaya. During the ceremony, gratitude was expressed to Dr. Waraporn for the success of the AFSIS project in previous work. Additionally, congratulations were extended to Dr. Sumanya on receiving the position of AFSIS manager in this instance.
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.