Contrary to previously apocalyptic predictions, the world’s population is actually expected to balance out at around 11 billion by the end of the century. But the big picture hides at last one alarming detail. In another fascinating animated essay, German educational design studio Kurzgesagt, explains:

Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2019 it was home to a billion people living in 46 countries. Although its growth rate has slowed down in the last few decades, it is still much higher than in the rest of the world. While some projections expect around 2.6 billion people others reckon with up to 5 billion by 2100. Such growth would be a huge challenge for any society. But Sub-Saharan Africa is also the poorest region on earth. So is Sub-Saharan Africa doomed? And why do the projections vary by 2.4 billion people? 

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5 thoughts on “HOW Many?

  1. Zaccone

    Its going to be a disaster. Both for the planet, as all those extra humans worsen global warming, and locally in Africa, as already very poor societies get overwhelmed.

    Charities/NGOs working in Africa should really be pushing contraception and fertility management. This would also have the rather positive benefit of drastically improving the lives of women on the continent. They could stay in school instead of dropping out with teenage pregnancies etc.

  2. Dumela

    Africa has plenty of resources and most of it is a friendly temperate climate.

    Political mis-management over the last 40 years or so in particular (post-Colonization) is destroying the African future.

    Get rid of western aid agencies who only want to keep Africa poor and subservient so they can feel superior.

    Leave Africa alone. Especially Trocaire – they should just shut themselves down immediately

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