Aerial view of the Congo River. In the majority of rivers in the Global South water pollution has worsened since the 1990s. © UNEP


While the quality of surface water has noticeably improved in recent decades in many parts of the developed world, water pollution in the majority of rivers in Africa, Latin America and Asia has increased, as a new UNEP report...more



A new study by FAO found that there is higher fish consumption in Africa‘s dryland areas than reported in official figures. This indicates an important role for small fish in local food security. more

This year, the European Development Days celebrated their tenth anniversary. The three-day event in mid-June 2016 focused on the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda. more



Eco-crime hits a record high at up to USD 258 billion, outstripping the illegal trade in small arms, as international criminal gangs and militant groups profit from the plunder of Earth's resources.more

Food Distribution in Port Loko, Sierra Leone 2015.<br />Photo : © WFP/Rein Skullerud
Food security


Food insecurity is on the rise because of El Niño related droughts and ongoing civil conflicts. 37 countries are depending on food assistance right now. more

Development policy


Civil society organisations are seeing their activities increasingly curbed by governments. Actors from the Böll Foundation’s partner countries reported on how this global trend is reflected in day-to-day civil society practice.more

Fish market, Nairobi, Kenya.<br >Photo: © Olive Bexten/Rural 21


The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA) aims to fight illegal fishing activities. It is binding for 29 countries.more

Batoka Dairy Cooperative in Choma, Zambia. © IFAD/Siegfried Modola
Rural development


NGOs are warning that production of a milk surplus by European farmers is also causing problems for dairy farmers in developing countries, particularly in West Africa. more

Small-scale farmers in developing countries mostly use back-pack sprayers that pose high risk of exposure. <br/> Photo: ©FAO/Florita Botts


FAO and WHO offer road map to deal with Highly Hazardous Pesticides. more

27.8 million people were internally displaced in 2015. © Jose Cendon/NRC


A record number of people were forcibly displaced within their own country in 2015, according to the Global Report on Internal Displacement. There are twice as many internally displaced people than the number of refugees...more

The programme Afrisoils aims to support African countries in implementing sustainable soil management, leading to agricultural growth, improved food security and better adaptation to climate change.more

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