On 31 July – 1 August 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat in collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) of Lao PDR conducted the Workshop for the demonstration of INAHOR utilization for 2023 Rainy Season Rice in Vang Vieng, Lao PDR.
In the opening session, it was honored by Dr. Soulaphone Inthavong, Deputy Director General of the Department of Planning and Cooperation, MAF of Lao PDR, to deliver the opening remark. While the representatives of the AFSIS Secretariat were Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr. Miyake Yasuhiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert, who attended the aforesaid workshop.
The workshop was under the rice crop monitoring project (INAHOR activity) in the Asia Pacific Regional Space Forum (APRSAF) Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) initiative to promote rice planted area estimation using space-based technologies, with the objective to demonstrate the INAHOR utilization and develop the training data in Lao PDR for the whole country in 2023. The participants were officials from the Center for Agricultural Statistics (CAS), and the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) of Lao PDR.
During the workshop, there was a session for making training data for 2023 rainy season rice which grid points in country areas will be judged on Google Earth Pro in consultation with the training tutors, CAS staff, and provincial staff. The INAHOR analysis results from this project will be provided to CAS for further implementation.
In addition, all outputs of this workshop will be implemented with the AFSIS project entitled “Project for Strengthening ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Function for Emergency" or SAFER project under its activity “Developing crop area estimation method using satellite image” which AFSIS also plans to conduct the training workshop related to INHOR activity this year.
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.