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How Is the Population in Africa Changing?

The population in Africa is expected to grow at a rapid pace throughout the 21st century and is projected to make up a quarter of the world's population by 2100 to become the world's majority. This population growth is projected to be most notable in the teenage and young adult segment as compared to the world's population figures. As of 2000, African youth made up around 15% of the world’s age group. This number is expected to grow to 40% by 2100. Increased prevention awareness and treatment options for diseases, such as malaria and HIV, that historically have decreased African life expectancy, are thought to be a contributing factor to the growing youth population, along with high birthrate.

More about Africa’s population::

  • The average African woman gives birth to five children, while the average birthrate for the rest of the world is about two children per woman.

  • African youths have had the lowest primary school graduation rates worldwide dating back to 1984, but education advocates expect these rates to improve as the population grows.

  • Agriculture is expected to continue to be the top source of employment for African young adults, followed by retail and hospitality.

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anon323341
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How do African birthrates worldwide affect U.S. anything? Beyond that, not all Africans use U.S. welfare.

anon323235
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How will the worlds food supply keep up with this rate of population growth? And how will this impact the the U.S. welfare costs? The birth rate needs to be controlled worldwide.

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