The Invitational Workshop on the Project for Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) and Development Human Resources, hosted by the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion, and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (EPIS) with the collaboration of the AFSIS Secretariat, was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on November 20–25, 2023.
On this occasion, Mr. Jung Yong Ho, Director, International Cooperation Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs South Korea (MAFRA), delivered the opening remarks to all participants. The workshop was attended by representatives from five target ASEAN member countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, and Vietnam, as well as the AFSIS Secretariat.
During the presentation session, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr. Charapon Chantorn, Statistician Senior Professional Level, gave the participants a presentation on the AFSIS project, current achievements, and study results for the implementation of the National Agri-Food Information System (NAIS) Phase 1 and Phase 2. In this regard, AFSIS will continue to support and collaborate with the relevant organizations for the development of human resources in the ASEAN region as well as the enhancement of the ASEAN Food Security Information System.
In addition, the workshop provided all participants with the great opportunity to visit following sites:
1. National Institute of Crop Science in Jeonju city: to visit the institute, which is in charge of technical support, testing, and research on the improvement of varieties of food crops, feed crops, and bioenergy crops, improvement of cultivation methods, preservation of the production environment and quality
2. Korea National University of Agriculture and Fisheries in Jeonju City: To visit the agricultural and Fisheries faculties and learn about precision agriculture. and drone technology for real-time use in smart farming in the Green House. All participants received a demonstration of the integrated smart farm control center, launched a drone, and practiced using the drone to spray insecticide.
3. National Agricultural Museum of Korea in SuwonCity: to learn about the Korean agriculture Inside the museum, there is an exhibition feature the fundamentals of Agriculture land, water, and seed, as well as the agriculture of the past and present that cultivates and harvests crops according to farming processed the use of livestock in the process and the current status of the livestock industry and the direction of changing agricultural technology.
The main purposes of the workshop were to report the results and future plans of the Establishing Real-Time AFSIS and Development Human Resources project and information on the operational guidelines for Phase 3 of ASEAN member countries participating in the project, Pilot Project on Strategic Crop Forecasting System for Food Security in Indonesia (2023-2025), including utilization of spatial information and the use of Big Data and AI in agriculture.
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