On 21 July 2023, Mr. Hideya Yamada, Director General of the Statistics Department, and Mr. Masahiro Hosaka, Deputy Director of the Statistics Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan visited the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) to attend the bilateral meeting with Mr. Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary-General of the OAE, Ministry of Agricultural and Cooperative (MOAC) of Thailand, to discuss the effective and smooth implementation of AFSIS in the long term.
On 5 June 2023, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS), a department of the Department of Science and Technology, raised the status alert level for Mayon Volcano in Albay Province, Region V (Bicol Region) from Alert Level 1 to Alert Level 2 due to the repeated collapses of the growing summit dome of the volcano, which caused an increasing number and volume of rockfall events. The alert status of Mayon Volcano was raised to level 3 on 8 June with the occurrence of a total of 267 rockfall events and 2 volcanic earthquakes. Additionally, three Pyroclastic Density Current (PDC) events were observed on the Bonga (southeast) and Basud (east) Gullies.
On 28 June 2023, Dr. Waraporn Saelee, an outgoing AFSIS manager, signed and handed over the position of AFSIS manager to Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, who will perform as a new AFSIS manager starting on 30 June 2023. The ceremony took place at the AFSIS Secretariat office, Innovation Building, Office of Agricultural Economics
On 7-8 June 2023, the 43rd Meeting of the ASEAN Food Security Reserve Board (AFSRB) hosted by Indonesia was conducted as a physical meeting in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia.
Regarding the situation report from the ASEAN Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS), on 27 May 2023, Super Typhoon MAWAR (Local name: BETTY), equivalent to a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) maintaining the moving west-northwestward at 30km/h with maximum sustained winds of center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h. The Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) no.1 was raised over the eastern portion of Cagayan including Babuyan and Camiguin Islands and the eastern portion of Isabela.
The 21st AFSIS Focal Point Meeting was held on 17-18 May 2023 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. It was organized by the AFSIS Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Lao PDR, the host country. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Thatsaka Saphangthong, Director General of the Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Lao PDR.
The 11th Meeting of ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) Council was conducted physically on 25-26 April 2023 at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea, hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) of the Republic of Korea.
On 17 April 2023, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manager, attended the ASEAN Conference on Strengthening Food Security Integration in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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.