The Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry of the ASEAN Member States plus China, Japan and Korea approved the Project in their meeting held in October 2002 in Lao PDR. The 1st Phase of the Project has the period of five years, from 2003 to 2007. It is led and coordinated by Thailand, in particular, the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The 2nd Phase has the period of 5 years from 2008 – 2012. It would continue on the objective to strengthen food security in the region and main activities of the 1st Phase.
ASEAN Plus Three Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Database Early Warning Information (EWI) : Since 2008, published twice a year Agricultural Commodity Outlooks (ACO): Since 2008, Reports were published twice a year Training : Since 2003 – 2011 : 23 course with 489 participants
AFSIS Secretariat located in Office of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand.
The AFSIS project published reports as follows Annual Report published once a year. EWI Reports published twice a year in March and September. ACO Reports published twice a year in June and December. You can download digital file from Website: http://www.afsisnc.org. In addition, published books also available at AFSIS Secretariat.
The Projects launched the AFSIS website and developed its database for publishing regional food security related information through internet in 2004. The website is www.afsisnc.org The database contains a time series data of food security related information of five major food crops namely rice, maize, soybean, sugarcane and cassava. The information was gathered from every member state and includes information related to production, imports and exports, market prices, consumption, stocks of each crop. Some other important economic information such as incomes, land use and irrigation are also included. The national information is consolidated to produce regional information.
AFSIS database comprises ASEAN Plus Three Members countries. Information in database is a time series data which have been started from 1983 to the current year.
Everybody can search all information in AFSIS database. All information available to the public by exporting into an Excel and PDF file.
Every member states has nominated a Focal Point for the Project. The Focal Points are responsible for managing and assisting in carrying out project activities including provision and updating the food security related information presented in the Website. The ASEAN Food Security Information and Training (AFSIT) Center, the Project management unit, is a hub of information and responsible for the maintenance of AFSIS Website.
The information in database was updated from every Member State once a year in August.
Mutual technical cooperation has the objective to share knowledge and views among ASEAN Member States. Under this activity, the countries were matched up into pairs of recipient and resource countries according to the need and expertise of each country. The experts from resource countries will go to recipient countries to be the instructors in the training courses. After training, recipient countries will send staff to visit resource countries to follow up what they have learned in the training course.
The ACO Reports is situation analysis report of supply and demand of food crops in current year and next year forecast i.e. crop growing condition, food balance sheet, price, policy and food security indicator, data will be supported by ASEAN Plus Three Countries. The ACO reports were prepared by the working group of Office of Agricultural Economics and scrutinized by the ACO Committee, which comprises experts nominated from member states. The AFSIS Project published ACO Reports twice a year in June and December.
The EWI is an analysis report of crop situation and condition and production policy of the current year and next harvesting season, including evaluation of the impact of natural disasters, disease, main insects and pest to the planted area. It provides the information related to the production of main five major food crops namely rice, maize, sugarcane, soybean and cassava. The EWI Report was published in AFSIS’s website in March and September.
Organization of AFSIS comprises Focal Points, AFSIS Secretariat and ASEAN Secretariat. The Focal Points are responsible for managing and assisting in carrying out project activities. The AFSIS Secretariat coordinated activities with ASEAN+3 member states. The ASEAN Secretariat acts as the overall coordinator and provides necessary assistance and guidance in all aspects related AFSIS implementation. The ACO Committee, which consists of experts designated from Member States, was established to provide necessary assistance to the working group and scrutinized the ACO Report before publication.
The Focal Point which consists of representatives from every Member State. The Focal Point responsible for managing and assisting in carrying out the project activities, ensuring cooperation among national personnel/offices concerned, and promoting cooperation with other related projects.
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan is the donor through ASEAN Trust Funds.
To achieve the objective in strengthening regional food security, the implementation of the Project contains 2 main activities which are Information Network Development and Human Resource Development.
The Project aims to raise the capacity of Member States through a combination of activities i.e. trainings, workshops, national seminars and mutual technical cooperation. These activities were planned to provide related personnel in Member States with knowledge and skills in statistics and the development of food security information system to ensure that they will be capable to implement Project’s activities competently and at the same standard.