Poor childhood conditions, such as exposure to poverty and stunting, are associated with long-term disadvantages to health, education, social adjustment and earnings.
A study in Malawi shows how the participation of local community leaders in policy development can change men's attitudes to maternal and child health for the better.
The development community has overlooked the ethical dilemmas associated with raising one individual above others through farmer-to-farmer systems.
It's important to create spaces where the global South's problems can be presented, debated and solutions developed - including some that can be applied in similar economies.
The world's best known talk show host has become the president-elect of the most powerful country in the world. Trump running the US is unlikely to be good news for Africa.
One needs to understand Malawian politics to appreciate the bizarre episode in which a state president was unaccounted for a month, leaving a nation rudderless and puzzled.
A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
Since 2000, the growth of the commercial seed market has almost tripled. More than 63% of the world’s commercial seed is now owned by six corporations.
Higher education is a resource intensive enterprise. It cannot effectively function without a massive injection of resources in a sustained and escalated manner.
Poor people with disabilities living in rural South Africa are particularly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing health care.
Increasing legume production can turn the tide for African farmers who struggle with poor soils, declining farm yields and worsening nutrition in one fell swoop
Hair has long been modified for aesthetic and other ends. But skewed power structures have meant that women, particularly women of colour, have borne the brunt of stereotyping and prejudice.
In the dying days of empire, the British financed a global cinema service.
Economic growth alone won't end hunger. Good policies and programmes are needed, too. Scientists and researchers have a role to play in these initiatives.
Despite high levels of knowledge and information, communities still adhere to cultural practices which endanger their children.
There is belief among some that climate change drives human displacement, but research in Malawi suggests otherwise.
More pupils in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa are taking smartphones to school. These can be useful learning tools – or terrible distractions.
Religious leaders have done little to help combat institutionalised homophobia – and some have flat-out encouraged it.
Malawi shows how micro and small business, with a bit of help from volunteers, can grow and create jobs
The decline in commodity prices means African countries must work that much harder to encourage both local and foreign smaller and junior mining companies.