The Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 44th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry (SSOM-44th AMAF) and the Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (SSOM-22nd AMAF+3) were held during 22-23 August 2023, hosted by the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) as the virtual meeting.
For the SSOM-44th AMAF on 22 August 2023, the attendants were SOM AMAF Leaders, the ASEAN secretariat, and AFSIS Secretariat on agenda 5.1 regarding the ASEAN Plus Three agenda.
The representatives of the AFSIS Secretariat were Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, AFSIS Manager, Mr. Charapon Chantorn, Deputy AFSIS Manager, Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro, Japanese Expert, Ms. Worada Wongsud, Secretary to the Japanese Expert, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator.
During the meeting, Dr. Sumanya reported the meeting of the outcomes and achievements of the AFSIS implementation in the 2022-2023(Q2) and future Workplan. Furthermore, the implementation plan for the sustainability of AFSIS including the concept note of AFSIS new framework which was endorsed in the 21st AFSIS Focal Point Meeting in May 2023 was presented in the aforesaid meetings.
The Meeting noted the progress of AFSIS implementation including a concept note of AFSIS new framework that will facilitate the way to sustain AFSIS in the future. The Meeting also acknowledged the importance of agricultural statistical data and information management in the ASEAN. Moreover, the meeting agreed to collaborate among the ASEAN Member States to strengthen food security in the ASEAN region and emphasized the importance of AFSIS.
On 20 – 21 February 2024, AFSIS Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia conducted the Workshop for promote rice planted area and production estimation using space-based technologies in Cambodia at Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
On 21 February 2024, AFSIS Secretariat attended the online Kick-off Meeting and Project Steering Committee which was conducted in collaboration of the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS), the Center for Agricultural Data and Information System (CADIS) from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Indonesia and EGIS Korea company limited (EGIS) under the Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System(AFSIS) and Development of Human Resources 3rd Phase – Pilot Project on strategic crop forecasting system for food security in Indonesia.
On February 2, 2024, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines felt the impact of the Northeast Monsoon and the Trough of the Low-Pressure Area (LPA), as disclosed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The persistent trough of the Low-Pressure Area led to moderate to heavy rainfall, resulting in flooding and landslides across multiple areas in the region.
On 25 January 2024, AFSIS Secretariat held the 1st Special Directors General Meeting of ASEAN+3 for the AFSIS New Framework via Online Conference in Bangkok Thailand, with the cooperation from the representatives of ASEAN+3 to share their opinions and guidance on the proceeds for preparing for AFSIS New Framework