Recognizing the importance of substantive thematic coordination in responding to the needs and priorities of partner countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) informed CEB that the three organizations had decided to combine their complementary capacities and comparative advantages within food security theme groups at the country level. The groups are based on a jointly agreed twin-track approach whereby food assistance and rural agricultural development were required in many country contexts for achieving Millennium Development Goal 1. When relevant to national situations, the three organizations worked together to jointly identify thematic coordination opportunities drawing on poverty reduction strategies. They also sought to work with national Governments and civil society, through national alliances against hunger where they existed, and to explore opportunities for thematic groups based on knowledge-sharing.