Stricter policing at the border does not address the root causes of Nigeria's smuggling issue.
The fact that relative food prices differ so markedly and so systematically provides a very strong rationale for nutrition-focused food policies.
Now that African countries have signed up for the continental free trade agreement, they must complete the institutional loop by jumpstarting the creation of the African Monetary Fund.
The US needs to review whether a security agenda based on US priorities will solve problems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Scientists are trying to figure out what risks changes in Lake Chad's levels pose to people in the region.
The discovery of a fossilised large predator is a rare event that offers insight into these beasts from the past.
Research shows that unrest, even terrorism, can erupt in poor countries with a surplus of young people and not enough jobs. Can Niger, a once-peaceful sub-Saharan African nation, handle its baby boom?
It's all too common for local scholars to be sidelined in what are supposed to be genuine research partnerships.
It's one thing to come up with food security plans. But implementing them is tough.
The build-up of foreign armed forces does not bode well for the citizens of Niger.
Vaccines that help prevent meningococcal disease don't give lifetime protection.
A new research project is helping Nigerien women access valuable, accurate information from which they are too often cut off.
Laws in Mauritius allow minors to marry while some cultures on the island are tolerant of child marriage.
As in the Mediterranean, travel through the Sahara is difficult and unnecessarily dangerous by increased checks and control.
Displacing the EU’s border as far as possible from Europe: is this really a solution to mitigate the flow of migrants?
Female teachers can act as role models who enhance girls’ motivation and learning outcomes.
More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
A big rise in armed attacks in the Sahel - and the intensity of the attacks in recent years - is now seen as a major source of concern.
Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.
The deaths of four American soldiers in Niger last month highlighted the nature and implications of US military presence in Africa.