On 12-13 December 2023, AFSIS Secretariat with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan held the 2nd Regional Workshop on the Project for Strengthening ASEAN Food Security Information System Function for Emergency (SAFER) at The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand.
The workshop was honored by the following distinguished representatives which were Mrs. Benjawan Siribhodi, Expert on International Agriculture Economic Policy of OAE from the MOAC of Thailand delivered the opening remarks and opened the event, Mr. Hosaka Masahiro, Deputy Director of the Statistics Planning Division, Statistics Department from MAFF, Japan, Dr. Kei Oyoshi, Senior Researcher, Earth Observation Research center from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, AFSIS Manager delivered the welcome remarks.
33 participants from ASEAN Plus Three Countries which were Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan attended the workshop physically and online participants from the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea along with the observers from relevant organizations from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand. The workshop featured contributions from 6 lecturers representing JAXA, Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC), and AFSIS Secretariat.
The workshop aims to provide comprehensive knowledge and practical skills in the INAHOR software (International Asian Harvest Monitoring System for Rice) developed by JAXA using Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) to estimate the paddy rice planted area. There were presentations regarding the overview of SAFER project, overview of INAHOR software, and INAHOR training data preparation guidance. Additionally, there were hands-on training sessions for INAHOR operations during the workshop.
The workshop successfully ended with great collaboration from all participants and appreciation toward the AFSIS Secretariat and MAFF of Japan for organizing the 2nd Regional Workshop on the Project for Strengthening ASEAN Food Security Information System Function for Emergency (SAFER).
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