Attacks on schools and children evoke a strong emotional response, which is a definitive goal of terrorist groups.
Fruit production of shea is often limited by a lack of pollination which is more pronounced in places with less tree and shrub diversity.
Burkina Faso’s genetically modified cotton success narrative was built on studies with methodological problems.
United Nations peacekeeping operations need to be refashioned to meet the needs of an ever evolving world.
In poorer parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, health systems are not designed to care for people with chronic conditions. They are more focused on single, acute diseases.
In some communities, over a quarter of the children were misclassified as iron replete whereas they were iron deficient.
Kenya can save its roan population if it re-stocks from other countries, eliminates poaching and improves their habitat.
Nigeria recently approved the world's first GM cowpea, which provides full protection against the pod-borer Maruca, a major problem for this important crop.
Burkina Faso faces a new terrorist threat. Terrorist groups are now flourishing within its borders.
Soil and water conservation projects can create fertile farmlands and change migration patterns linked to land degradation in Burkina Faso.
Local communities only see "crime" and "banditry" when it comes to religious-based Jihadism.
New regulations on the use of folklore are a hindrance to local artists.
Given that some states are being asked to increase their presence in border and remote areas, free trade and free movement of goods and people could become a real cause for concern.
In a surprising change in trends, citizens in many African countries increasingly support government restrictions of press freedom.
Africa's democracies have grown stronger during a period in which the world is backsliding on democracy.
When the establishment retains some leverage over reformers change can be slow, superficial, and short-lived. Sudan appears to be a textbook case of this scenario.
A weakened central power makes it easier for violent groups - like highway bandits, local militias and armed bands of jihadists - to emerge and thrive.
The killing of protesters by the Sudanese military signifies its reluctance to hand over power, as demanded by the African Union.
In the ongoing arms race to kill off mosquitoes that spread malaria, researchers have modified a naturally occurring fungus that kills mosquitoes with a deadly toxin to wipe out these insects faster.
Ghana is the latest country in Africa to mandate the use of pictures on cigarette packages to convey health warnings.