The Swiss government has provided US$4.2 million for the third phase of the Support to the Reform of the Agriculture and Forestry Colleges project in Laos. The overall goal of SURAFCO is to strengthen the quality and practical teaching in all five Agriculture and Forestry Colleges of Laos, running from 2017-2020. The colleges will focus on improving skills-based education, management of the colleges, campus infrastructure, updating the teaching equipment, facilitating knowledge sharing and exchange events. The technical support to implement the project is provided by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. An agreement was signed on March 6 in Vientiane by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Phouangparisak Pravongviengkham and Director of Cooperation for the Mekong Region of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Mr Tim Enderlin.