The Population Factor in Africa's Development Dilemma

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Science  16 Nov 1984:
Vol. 226, Issue 4676, pp. 801-805
DOI: 10.1126/science.226.4676.801


Despite several decades of international effort, the development problems of sub-Saharan Africa remain acute. By many of the quality of life indexes, the majority of African countries are standing still or moving backward. A rapidly growing population with an adverse dependency ratio places demands on services that present development strategies cannot satisfy. A reorientation of development is necessary to establish realistic population policies and to implement comprehensive family planning programs.