30 July 2017     home | subject timeline

Looming Crisis in Africa

Thanks to Jeffery Gettleman and the New York Times for their July 29 article on population growth and crisis in Africa. Gettleman writes:

The quality of farmland in many areas is getting worse, and the number of people squeezed onto that land is rising fast. ...by the end of this century, there could be as many as four billion people on the continent, about 10 times the population 40 years ago.

Herders with assault rifles desperate for useable land are running over farms and ranches and ransacking homes, with the victims having no police force to call for help.

The pro-life movement appears to be ignoring the usual resolution that comes with imbalance and conflict: death.

Some are counting on bigger farms and more urbanization. Someone comments:

Giving up small farms has been happening in the USA for over 100 years. Too many small farms is not a sign of prosperity. Rather, it is a sign of poor yields, too much grazing and a food supply which cannot keep up with population increases.

Another:

It is clear that the crisis of the herdsmen is that the human and livestock populations of the herders has gone beyond the carrying capacity of the land.

Someone else:

Sub-Saharan Africa is quickly urbanizing, just like the rest of the world. The point where half of the population becomes urban will be about 2020. Just like in the industrialized world, farmers in Africa can no longer eek out a living with a few farm animals. Giving up small farms has been happening in the USA for over 100 years. Too many small farms is not a sign of prosperity. Rather, it is a sign of poor yields, too much grazing and a food supply which cannot keep up with population increases.

One more:

No, there cannot be 4,000.000,000 people living on the African continent in 80 years. There will be neither food nor employment for four billion people. The United States has officially “lost interest” in helping anyone, American or otherwise, with population control. It was needed several generations ago and is destroying both the productivity of the continent and its people.


 

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