The 20th Focal Point Meeting of ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) was held on 8-9 June 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia as the first time for AFSIS Focal Point Meeting to hold a hybrid meeting. It was organized by the AFSIS Secretariat and hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of Indonesia.
The number of distinguished representatives from the relevant agencies namely ASEAN Plus Three members, Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC), SEAA Research LLC., ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Secretariat, ASEAN Secretariat, and AFSIS Secretariat had attended the meeting.
Also, the participants attending this meeting physically were the representatives of Indonesia, 2 representatives of Cambodia, 1 representative of Japan, and 6 representatives of AFSIS Secretariat.
The 20th AFSIS Focal Point Meeting is a great opportunity for the AFSIS Focal Points and all participants to share, discuss, and extend the knowledge and innovation on agricultural statistics, challenges of food security in the region, and sustainable development goals. The main objectives of the meeting are to inform the ASEAN Plus Three Countries about the outcomes and achievements of AFSIS in 2021, to consider 2022 work plan, and related issues.
In addition, there was also an open session for the ASEAN Plus Three member countries to discuss the Future of AFSIS project after the opinions on the proposed options were gathered from all member countries. AFSIS Secretariat will inform the result of selected options in the Special SOM-AMAF +3 for further consideration toward the Future of AFSIS after 2024.
The Meeting expressed appreciation toward the roles of the AFSIS Secretariat in strengthening food security and vowed to continually cooperate and support the projects under AFSIS implementation.
The meeting was successfully ended with great collaboration from all participants. For the next meeting, the 21st Focal Point Meeting of AFSIS will be hosted by Lao PDR on 12-13 June 2023 in Vientiane as the virtual meeting.
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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