In Kenya, population has expanded from 10.9 million in 1969 to an estimated 41 million today. The Population Policy for National Development officially launched by Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya on October 30th points out that the population may hit the 77 million mark by 2030 when Kenya’s economic blue-print, Vision 2030, expires.
Kenyans urged to cut population growth
A blueprint to halt Kenya’s rapidly growing population was on Tuesday rolled out with calls for citizens to return to family planning methods.
The Population Policy for National Development officially launched by Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya proposes to cut by half the average number of children that Kenyan women can give birth to.
The move is intended to reverse the rapid population growth within the next decade.
The policy, which has been developed by the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) proposes that the average Kenyan woman gives birth to 2.6 children over their reproductive age of between 15 to 49 years. Currently, the women give birth to an average of 4.6 children.
The policy warns that the population will hit the 77 million mark by 2030 when Kenya’s economic blue-print, Vision 2030, expires.
Speaking during the launch, Planning Permanent secretary Dr Edward Sambili called on young couples to take family planning method seriously if the country to reverse the rapid population growth.
The 2009 Population and Housing Census results released in August 2010 revealed that Kenya’s population had risen by ten million people since the last count in 1999, an average of one million people per year.
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