The 42nd Meeting of the ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB) hosted by Cambodia was held as a Video Conference through Zoom platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 11 May 2022.
There were 37 participants from AFSRB Secretariat, AFSRB Member States namely; Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, ASEAN Secretariat, APTERR Secretariat, OECD and AFSIS Secretariat attended the meeting.
The representatives from the AFSIS Secretariat are Dr.Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Ms. Ploypailin Na Nakorn, Technical Staff, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator staff, had attended this meeting.
The purpose of this meeting is to exchange information, evaluate, and forecast food security data in ASEAN and globally in 2021-2022, including statistics on production, consumption, trading, and food reserves for the primary crops of rice, sugarcane, maize, and soybean for the ASEAN Member States.
Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, had presented AFSIS key activities, cooperative activities during 2021-2022, and future work plan, including the upcoming the 20th AFSIS Focal Point on 8-9 June 2022, and the Online Training on 11-12 July 2022 from the collaboration of JAXA, ISRO, GISTDA, and AFSIS at the meeting as well.
In addition, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) presented the proposal for OECD-ASEAN cooperation on food security and also informed in the meeting about the online workshop which will be conducted on 8 December 2022 to exchange policy experiences on food security.
At the end of the conference, Mr. Kuy Huot, Chairman from Cambodia, expressed a great appreciation to all participants and their dedication to the production progress.
For the 43rd Meeting of AFSRB will be hosted by Indonesia in the next year.
During 14-17 February 2023, AFSIS Secretariat attended the meeting and site visit on the livestock and fishery production survey with the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) Region 5 in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand.
On 13 February 2023, AFSIS Secretariat held a meeting with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) under the Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) community with support from JAXA and MAFF of Japan in meeting room 1, Innovation building, Office of Agricultural Economics, Bangkok.
On 9 February 2023, the 2 representatives of the AFSIS Secretariat, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr. Tanabodee Kheosipalard, Statistician, were invited to be the distinguished guest for the Policy hand-in and Closing Ceremony in the Young ASEAN Leader Policy Initiative (YALPI) 2023 at Building 3, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
On 2 February 2023, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat conducted the virtual workshop entitled “OECD-ASEAN Workshop on Food Security: Sharing Evidence and Policy Experiences” which is a part of a wider project between OECD and ASEAN.
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