The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and began operations in Lao PDR on March 3, 2010. The IWMI-Southeast Asia (IWMI-SEA) Office is based on the campus of the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) in Vientiane. In total, there are approximately 20 IWMI staff based at the Vientiane Office. The work carried out by IWMI-SEA comprises a portfolio of interlinked research and research-related activities intended to address the key development challenges in relation to the major drivers of change in the region. IWMI-SEA works with a wide range of partners that can be classified into four categories: research partners, development partners, investors and government agencies.