According to the Population Reference Bureau, the world’s population is expected to grow from 7.3 billion in 2015 to 9.7 billion individuals by 2050. China and India are currently the world’s super giants in terms of population size, and make up forty percent of the world’s population.
With this projected growth, a shift in population demographics is expected that will be inclusive of countries in Africa.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia and Nigeria will claims spots on the list of the top 10 most populous countries by 2050. Niger, South Sudan, DRC, Somalia, Chad, Burundi, Central African Republic, Angola, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mozambique and Uganda are currently countries with the highest total fertility rates.
The projection growth comes as a result of the rise in fertility rates, accompanied by a decrease in mortality rates due to gains in population and public health.
Africa is going to be a key driver in population growth over the next few decades
The population gains are also due to a decline in mortality rates due to improvements in public health,” said Peter Goldstein, vice president with the PRB, who oversaw production of its 2015 World Population Data Sheet.”Africa is going to be a key driver in population growth over the next few decades.”
This data provides some basis for improvements in socio-economic conditions including engaging a growing labor force, access to prevention, treatment and care services and enabling young people to contribute to their economies.
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