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Both my wife and I have always worked careers and we have two children. People also tend to have fewer children now because of better healthcare — every child born is expected to survive. And, of course, contraception is universally available nowadays. Birth-rate decline in large countries of the developing world is dramatic.
China has a fertility rate of 1.
India , with a fertility rate of 2. Brazil , the fifth most populous country, has a fertility rate of 1. Why are fertility rates declining so dramatically in the developing world? The Observer article identifies urbanisation as one important driver. In , for the first time ever, the majority of the global population lived in cities.
Sixty-six per cent of the global population will live in cities within 30 years. When women move from rural to city life, many things change that reduce birth rates. In the countryside a child can help by working on the land, but in a city a child is an economic liability. Also, cultural pressures to have more children recede in cities while access to media, schools and contraception increase. Unfortunately, Africa is also the world region presently worst-equipped to cater for burgeoning population numbers.
But, birth rates are starting to fall, urbanisation is afoot and Africa already has a plentiful supply of young people, an essential resource to work a modern economy. Africa could well become an emerging China as this century progresses. William Reville is an emeritus professor of biochemistry at UCC.
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