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Africa Population Boom - Increasing longevity and high birth rates

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#1 ilia

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:17 PM


An interesting report from the UN came out. According to the data,

 

"40% of all humans will be African by end of century"

 

"While every other continent is seeing a slower rise in births, or even a decline, UNICEF projects that 1.8 billion babies will be born in Africa over the next 35 years, and the total African population will nearly quadruple to about 4.2 billion by the end of the century.

Africa could reap a massive demographic dividend from its bigger labour force and relatively fewer dependents, the report says. The population boom could “transform the continent, breaking centuries-old cycles of poverty and inequality. But the opposite is also possible..."

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"Fertility rates are declining in Africa, but they remain far higher than anywhere else in the world, the report says. At the same time, life expectancy and child survival rates have drastically improved in Africa, helping explain the population boom. ... "Within 20 years, Africa will have its first generation of children who can expect to reach pensionable age,” UNICEF says, predicting that African life expectancy will reach 65 years in the next two decades. (By contrast, in the 1950s, African life expectancy was less than 40.)

 

http://www.theglobea...rticle19998373/

 

More on the topic:

 

http://qz.com/248872...ther-continent/

 

http://www.voanews.c...om/2412241.html

 

 

 






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