World's Highest Birth Rate

To curb rapid population growth, Niger’s government is turning to modern contraception, but struggles to get women to take it. The country’s population dramatically increased from 3.5 million in 1960 to nearly 20 million today, with 80% of people living in poverty.
 
Traditional religious values that encourage people to have many children have confounded family planning efforts, and political leaders fear going against the grain of their constituents’ beliefs. Experts suggest stronger campaigns for girls’ education and heftier discouragement of polygamous marriage, the threat of which families often use to pressure young girls into having more children.
 
Source: The Guardian

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