Africa urged to adopt family planning to address rising population
Saturday June 24 2017
A pharmacist displays birth control pills. By 2050, according to UN estimates, Kenya's population will have almost doubled. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Eugene Linden, author of several books on the environment, argued that African countries would have to achieve “unheard of economic growth” in order to reduce poverty rates in their rapidly expanding populations.
The AU has officially designated 2017 as the year of “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth”.
Opposition to family planning programmes persists in Africa, however, on cultural, religious and political grounds.