The Invitational Workshop on the Project for Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System and Development Human Resources in Seoul, Republic of Korea
The Invitational Workshop on the Project for Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) and Development Human Resources, hosted by the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS) with the collaboration of the AFSIS Secretariat, was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, during 10-14 October 2022.
On this occasion, Dr. Young-ki Hwang, the Director of EPIS and chairman of the workshop, delivered the opening remarks and Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager who attended the workshop virtually delivered the welcome remarks to all participants. The workshop was attended by representatives from 5 target ASEAN member countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, and Vietnam, as well as the AFSIS Secretariat.
The main purposes of the workshop were to report results and future plans of each country’s National Agri-Food Information System (NAIS), conduct a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) to review the Real-Time AFSIS Projects’ accomplishments and discuss ways to further improvement, and share experiences in the utilization of spatial data and a forecasting model in the field of Food Security Information System.
In addition, the workshop provided all participants with the great opportunity to visit 3 following sites:
During the presentation session, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manager, gave the participants a presentation on the AFSIS project, current achievements, and future expectations of the 3rd phase of the Real-Time AFSIS project. In this regard, AFSIS will keep on continuing to support and collaborate with the relevant organizations for the development of human resources in the ASEAN region as well as the enhancement of the ASEAN Food Security Information System.
On 21 November 2022 in Java province, Indonesia, an earthquake of 5.6 magnitudes at a shallow depth of 10 km hit the Cianjur region, triggering landslides and causing buildings to collapse, including schools where classes were underway. The epicenter of the earthquake was on land 10 km southwest of Cianjur Regency (West Java Province). Warnings for heavy rainfall with lighting and strong winds have been issued for 23-25 November over North Sumatra and South Kalimantan Province while light rain is expected across Cianjur Regency (West Java Province).
The Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS), funded and organized the Local Training on Establishing Real-Time AFSIS and Development of Human Resources 3rd Phase Project during 23-25 November 2022, in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Additionally, the training was provided by the EGIS consortium as the instructors.
On 15 November 2022, AFSIS Secretariat attended the Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG) virtually which was the working group session of APRSAF-28 that was held physically in Hanoi, Vietnam during 15-18 November 2022.
On 14 November 2022, the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) Initiative with the collaboration of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) of India, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) of Thailand, Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC), and AFSIS Secretariat organized the online Training Program on Satellite-Derived Rice Planted Area Data for AFSIS’s Rice Growing Outlook (RGO) for Agriculture Management in the ASEAN which is the second training following the previous program in July 2022.