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
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Vini Atisook Deputy Secretary General, Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand delivered the welcome remarks and opened the event, Ms.Liu Xiangzhou, Deputy Director of Asia and Africa Division Department of International Cooperation Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, People’s Republic of China, Mr.Hideya Yamada, Director General Statistics Planning Division, Statistics Department from MAFF, Japan, and Mr. Jeing Yong-oh, Director of International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Republic of Korea delivered the opening remarks.
The distinguished delegates of ASEAN Plus three attended the meeting with a total of 28 delegates, which were Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and AFSIS Secretariat.
This meeting aims to present the results of the SSOM-44th and the 23rd AMAF+3 and gather opinions and perspectives among ASEAN +3 on the AFSIS New Framework for establishing AFSIS to be a sustainable organization.
The meeting provided valuable results. AFSIS Secretariat will bring the matters gathered from the meeting to discuss in further detail in the 22nd AFSIS Focal Point Meeting which will be held in June 2024 in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
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 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