On 18 January 2024, AFSIS Secretariat had an opportunity to introduce AFSIS and discuss with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP) regarding the FAO work in Food and Agriculture Statistics and future cooperation
In the meeting, Ms. Sangita Dubey, Regional Statistician of FAORAP informed about the FAO work in Food and Agriculture Statistics which are 1) the activities that are currently being carried out under the supervision of FAORAP such as the SDGs indicator, Data Innovation, and Food Security, Nutrition and Consumption Survey, 2) Global Databases,3) Analytical Publication and 4) Capacity Development activities.
Dr. Sumaya Ngandee, AFSIS Manager, presented on the implementation of AFSIS in cooperation projects from ASEAN plus three countries and international organizations, activities between AFSIS and FAO in the past to present, and the AFSIS future work plan.
The meeting went well and AFSIS will take FAORAP's comments and suggestions into consideration in deciding on future ways of cooperation to strengthen our goal together. In addition, FAORAP appreciated a strong collaboration between FAORAP, AFSIS Secretariat, and Thai Government to strengthen food security information in ASEAN region and develop capacity building in ASEAN member countries. AFSIS looks forward to cooperating in food security information, agriculture statistics, and technologies in the future.
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