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High birthrate threatens to trap Africa in cycle of poverty
The exceptionally rapid increase in the population of many African countries threatens to undermine efforts to reduce poverty and to result in conflicts over land and other resources, according to a report from Xan Rice in Uganda, reproduced here from The Guardian. ... more

Pakistan offers free schooling to one-child families
Pakistani families that have only one child will have that child's education paid for by the government under a novel plan to try and bring down the country's rapid population growth, Reuters reports. ... more

Deserts can become solar power houses, says UN
The world�s deserts are facing dramatic changes as a result of global climate change, high water demands, tourism and salt contamination of irrigated soils. Desert margins and so called �sky islands� - mountain areas within deserts that have been important for people, wildlife and water supplies for millennia - are under particular threat, according to Global Deserts Outlook, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). ... more

Taiwan heading for zero population growth
The population of Taiwan, now about 23 million, is projected to stabilise in 10-15 years - faster than had previously been forecast. Not everyone in that country is welcoming the fact as this report from the China Post shows. ... more

A second baby? Russia's mothers aren't persuaded
by Fred Weir

Cash for babies is the Kremlin's offer to women in its latest bid to reverse a population decline that threatens to leave large swaths of Russia virtually uninhabited within 50 years. ... more

Haiti census reveals worrying trends
Haiti's first census for 24 years has revealed some worrying trends. Not only are a third of Haitains unemployed, less than a third of the country's school age children attend primary school. ... more

Philippines population slows but still 'not sustainable'
The Philippines annual population growth slowed down to a rate of 1.95 per cent last year, prompting economic authorities to say that this puts poverty reduction goals within reach of being met. ... more

South Korea to spend $20 billion to boost births
The South Korean government is to spend $20 billion to raise the country's birth rate, the lowest among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development members, to fuel economic growth, it was reported yesterday. ... more

New census shows China has added 40 million
by Yingling Liu

China's population was 1,306,280,000 on November 1, 2005, according to the latest census report released by China's National Bureau of Statistics on March 16. The number, which excludes Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, was estimated to reach 1,307,560,000 by the end of 2005. ... more

Development efforts must include family planning
Development projects designed to improve maternal and child welfare in Africa may incur unexpected costs associated with increases in family size if they do not include a component of family planning, according to new research from the University of Bristol. ... more

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