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Achieving Replacement Level Fertility

Category: Research Reports


Searchinger, T., Hanson, G., Waite, R., Harper, S., Leeson, G. and Lipinski, B. (2013) “Achieving Replacement Level Fertility.” Working Paper, Installment 3 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute.

The United Nations projects that world population will rise from just over 7 billion in 2012 to nearly 9.6 billion by 2050. This paper examines the nature of the population challenge globally, the effect of population growth on food demand in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the potential benefits?in terms of food security, economic growth, and environment?of reducing fertility levels more quickly than currently projected. This paper then explores promising, non-coercive approaches for reducing fertility rates.

This is the third installment in the series that forms the foundation of the “World Resources Report 2013-14: Creating a Sustainable Food Future.”

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