On 24 August 2021, the Special Senior Officials Meeting of the 20th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (Special SOM-20th AMAF +3) was held virtually as a Video Conference and honorably hosted by Cambodia.
The attendants were SOM AMAF Leaders, SOM Leaders Plus Three Countries, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat, and AFSIS Secretariat representatives, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Ms. Poufai Khukhuntin, Project Coordinator.
In this regard, Dr. Waraporn had presented the outcomes of AFSIS implementation on 2020-2021:Q2, consisting of the administrative function and general management, human resources development, food security information development and reports on 5 main agricultural commodities in ASEAN.
Moreover, she stated one of the future plan to conduct the special meeting on “Discussion of Future of AFSIS” which approximately will be in the end of 2021. Furthermore, the progress of the Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture (SAS-PSA), as well as the future work plan for 2022 were reported to the meeting.
The Meeting acknowledged the contribution of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand for leading AFSIS Secretariat and also expressed the heartfelt gratitude toward AFSIS’s consistent hard work to strengthening the food security in ASEAN.
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