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ERIC Number: ED066260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-23
Pages: 16
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Population Problems and Family Planning in Africa.
Uche, Chukwudum
The focal points of this essay are the population problems in Africa and what the African peoples and governments are doing about them. It is stated cagegorically that a problem does exist. Indicators often used to deny this position are population density and pressure, undeveloped resources, the availability of empty lands, and alleged intrigue by external forces. In the first part of this paper, the author discusses pro-natalist arguments. They are as follows: (1) Africa is underpopulated and the population density is very low; (2) undeveloped resources and empty lands abound; and (3) the suggestions that family size should be limited are the products of imperialist intrigue. The second part of the paper discusses what African governments have done about the population problems in their various countries. The author's summary of researches conducted in various countries of sub-Saharan Africa deals with the ideal family size, the knowledge of traditional and modern contraceptive methods, the interest in family planning, husband-wife communication, the actual usage of these methods, and the relationship between population problems and political violence. Statistical analysis revealed a significant correlation between percent literate and sabotages, assassinations and purges. Another correlation was found between the 1967 population and total killed in all internal violence, riots and rebellions, peaceful demonstrations and strikes. (HBC)
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Note: Paper read at Third World Congress for Rural Sociology, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 23, 1972