Development Progress: environment case studies

How are developing countries balancing environmental concerns with the need for development? Four new case studies examine the progress being made in Brazil, Burkina Faso, China and Viet Nam.

'Reducing poverty, developing sustainably – food, water and energy trade-offs': this animation highlights the findings from our case studies on sustainable development in Brazil, Burkina Faso, China and Viet Nam.

In Burkina Faso changing weather patterns provoked by climate change, combined with over-farming and over-grazing, have turned once fertile lands into desert, degrading up to two-thirds of the land in some places.

This film tells the story of how a group of subsistence farmers on the edge of the Sahel in Burkina Faso’s Central Plateau decided- to re-green the desert with their own hands – with amazing results.

ODI's Andrew Scott on sustainability and the food-water-energy nexus.