The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is committed to modernize agricultural college education, to contribute to achieving food security and better livelihoods for all Lao people.

Detailed steps are formulated in the Strategy for Reform in the Agriculture and Forestry Colleges towards 2020 in Lao PDR (Reform Strategy) which was released in January 2008. The reform focuses on all 5 agriculture colleges under MAF to improve their performance and better respond to the needs of the labor market and the objectives of the Government policy.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has opted to assist this reform process by establishing SURAFCO (SURAFCO flyer), a project on the “Support to the Reform of the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College”. It was launched in September 2009 and is implemented by the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College (NAFC) with the support of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

The project has helped to build up a model college in Luang Prabang, from which the experienced and learnings are being spread to the other four colleges in the country.