FAR-LeaF is an Early Career Research Leadership Fellowship program focussed on developing transdisciplinary research and leadership skills, funded by the Carnegie Corporation in New York. In particular, the programme seeks to build a network of emerging African scientists who have the skills to apply transdisciplinary approaches and to collaborate to address complex challenges in the human well-being and environment nexus in Africa.

Breastfeeding is a choice. Worldwide, women make this choice because they know that breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure your child's health, well-being, and ultimately survival.

African women continue to be the backbone of our economies as farmers, traders, scientists, entrepreneurs, and leaders in many other sectors. It is the collective responsibility of Africans to hold themselves and their leaders accountable to deliver on gender equality and commitments to women’s empowerment. This is the message from Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

One of the primary goals behind the World Nature Conservation Day – celebrated annually on the 28 July - is to save plants, microorganisms and animals that face the threat of extinction. This is done by making scientists and the public aware of the problems and possible solutions to stop the process of extinction.

Future Africa recently hosted a group of vibrant and enthusiastic young budding scientists to pilot a Robotics and Coding Course on the 30th of July, 2022. This is part of the ‘Youth in STEM Programme’ aimed at exposing school learners to practical and theoretical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities to encourage them to follow STEM careers in future. The course gives learners basic knowledge and understanding in robotics and coding whilst promoting skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving.

The challenges facing young people worldwide regarding employment and entrepreneurship are especially severe – traditionally even more so in Africa. The numbers of youth Not in Employment, Education and Training (NEET) has been climbing steadily since 2017. Globally, one in five young people are NEET. Three out of four of young NEETs are women.

The world’s largest transdisciplinary gathering for the global sustainability community is currently being held at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Institute and Campus. The Sustainability, Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2022) unites more than 2 000 global research leaders, government and civil society experts, funders, and innovators to inspire action and promote sustainability transformation.