On 15 December 2023, the 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 and Forestry (MAF) of Lao PDR conducted the INAHOR Estimation Results and Utilization for 2023 Rainy Season Rice at Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane, Lao PDR
In the opening session, it was honored by Dr. Thasaka Saphangthong, Director General of the Department of Planning and Cooperation, MAF of Lao PDR, delivered the opening remark. While the representatives of the AFSIS Secretariat were Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, AFSIS Manager, Mr. Charapon Chantorn Deputy AFSIS manager, and Mr. Miyake Yasuhiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert, who attended the aforesaid workshop.
This workshop aims to report the outcomes of the National Estimation Project in Lao PDR implemented in August 2023 and to widely disseminate the outcomes of joint project which are the SAFE and AFSIS’s SAFER in Lao PDR to ASEAN member countries. Moreover, the workshop was emphasized the importance of AFSIS and also supported the AFSIS new framework to strengthen the existing role, function, and sustainability of the AFSIS in the region by effective collaboration, sharing of best practices, inspiring actions, and raising awareness together.
During the workshop, there was a session for an Overview of INAHOR estimation results of 2023 rainy season rice planted area and an Evaluation of INAHOR results and utilization of INAHOR in domestic operation.
The workshop was successfully ended with the collaboration of CAS of Lao PDR, MAFF Japan, JAXA, and AFSIS. The knowledge and outcomes of this workshop were useful and will apply space-based technology in rice crop monitoring and enhancement of rice statistics with timely and high accuracy as operational use in statistical work in the future. Furthermore, the results from this workshop will be reported at the ASEAN Summit in 2024.
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