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 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.