Quarter of global population will be African by 2050: UN agency
Published on Aug 13, 2014 3:00 AM
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A quarter of the world's population will be African within 35 years, the UN children's agency said on Tuesday, as the continent's birth rates continue to rapidly rise.
High fertility rates coupled with a rise in the number of women of child-bearing age will see two billion babies born in the region by 2050, UNICEF said in a report.
"Based on current trends, within 35 years, 25 in 100 people will be African," according to the report released in Johannesburg.
By then 40 per cent of the world's children aged under five years will come from the continent.
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