The United Nations system Network on Rural Development and Food Security is a global partnership for tackling development challenges at the country level. Established in 1997 by the Administrative Committee on Coordination (now CEB), it brings together key actors for the achievement of the shared goals of food for all and rural poverty reduction. Comprising 20 United Nations organizations, the Network is an inter-agency mechanism for follow-up to the World Food Summit (1996) and World Food Summit: five years later (2002) and supports the International Land Coalition. The Network secretariat is managed by FAO, in close collaboration with IFAD and WFP. Its aims include (a) supporting efforts by Governments and the Network’s partners to implement the World Food Summit Plan of Action and rural development and food security programmes; (b) reinforcing ties between United Nations system organizations and other stakeholders, notably NGOs and civil society organizations; (c) fostering synergies among Network members; and (d) exchanging and disseminating information, experiences and best practices