Water Availability and Food Security: Implication of People's Movement and Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

Authored by: Gurudeo Anand Tularam , Omar Moalin Hassan

Groundwater Assessment, Modeling, and Management

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498742849
eBook ISBN: 9781315369044
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The world's population has been increasing over time not only due to natural increase, but also because of the critically important medical advances made over time. In the 1950s, there were around 2.5 billion people (Haub, 2011) but today the population has increased to approximately 7 billion. It is projected to reach about 11 billion by the end of twenty-first century. Although there have been predictions, Figure 27.1 shows three possible scenarios of world population levels based on fixed fertility rates (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs [DESA], 2013a,b). In 1950, about 0.18 billion people lived in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) but by 2012 it had reached approximately 0.9 billion. It is predicted that the population of SSA will reach 3.8 billion by the end of twenty-first century (DESA, 2014). According to FAO (Food and Agricultural Organisation—United Nations), the population of SSA will grow faster than the rest of the world given the higher fertility and much improved health care; the death rates among children have dropped significantly (Kohler, 2012). The average birth of the Sub- Saharan African mother is 5.2 children and in some countries the rate is significantly larger such as Niger (7.6), which is the highest in the world today. Overall, the SSA fertility rate is about three times more than that of a European mother (1.6 children per women). Figure 27.2 shows world population in 2013 together with the projected population in 2050 in billions by region.

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