Latin America & Caribbean: Population & Environment Linkages

December 14, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

High Rates of Unintended Pregnancy Even as Fertility Falls: Population, Contraception, and Research in Latin America and the Caribbean
The population of Latin America and the Caribbean has nearly quadrupled since the mid-20th century, from 169 million in 1950 to 634 million in 2015, according to the United Nations Population Division. A key factor behind this sharp growth was the substantial decline in infant mortality, which was not balanced by comparable declines in fertility. This led to a rise in the number of live births and, over time, to an increase in the number of women of childbearing age. Demographers project that the region will be home to some 780 million people in 2050.

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