From Dakar to Abidjan, population finally finding its place in food security assessments

Kathleen Mogelgaard travels to Senegal to connect the dots between food security and population growth. Senegal, like most West African countries, has both rapid population growth and high proportions of women who would like to avoid pregnancy but aren’t using family planning. For most countries in the region, more than 30 percent of women report an unmet need for family planning. Meeting this demand would not only yield tremendous health and economic benefits, but would also bend population projections toward more manageable ranges in terms of meeting future food requirements.

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