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This will be the world in 2100, and why it’ll be a better place for Africa

Leaders urged to rethink policies on workforces, migration and economics to cope with demographic changes

John Mullin

The world’s population is expected to peak at about 9.7 billion in 2064, before falling back by almost a billion by the start of the next century, according to a study published in The Lancet on Wednesday.

The report’s projected global population of 8.8 billion in 2100 is about two billion lower than some previous estimates and contrasts with the UN’s consistent projections of continued global growth. It represents a huge challenge to world leaders to rethink policies to cope with changing demographics and their consequences.

Scientists cite the key factors in generating widespread, sustained declines in fertility are improvements in access to modern contraception and in the education of girls and women...

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