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A network set up specifically to promote coordination among UN agencies is strengthening interagency partnerships in the fight to alleviate poverty and hunger in the world. The Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) Network was set up in 1997 and is managed by FAO and IFAD, in close collaboration with WFP. It acts as a follow-up mechanism for the World Food Summit Plan of Action, which called for coordinated and focused action by development partners at the country level to secure "food for all".

Harvesting rice in India

- FAO/19469/G. Bizzarri

As of August 2001, at the international level, the ACC Network consists of 20 UN organizations and associated international and regional non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and at the country level, of 69 national Thematic Groups working on rural development and food security in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East.

The national Thematic Group is integral to the ACC Network. Typically composed of representatives of UN agencies and organizations in the country, government agencies, donors and civil society organizations, the Thematic Group aims to respond in a demand-driven and participatory way to country-specific needs and priorities. It provides a coherent framework for initiating collective action and mobilizing funds for rural development and food security activities. These range from the development of national food security strategies, country nutrition profiles, participatory needs assessments and information systems, to the design and implementation of rural development programmes.