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Working Paper Highlights 3 Population-Based Strategies To Help Sub-Saharan Africa Improve Food Security

In a post in the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) “Insights” blog, published as part of a series exploring “strategies to sustainably feed nine billion people by 2050,” Tim Searchinger, a senior fellow in WRI’s People & Ecosystems Program, and Craig Hanson, director of the program, highlight WRI’s new working paper, “Achieving Replacement Level Fertility,” which “finds that [sub-Saharan Africa] can match the rest of the world’s fertility rates through approaches that empower women, improve quality of life, and save millions of lives.” They write, “One way to help meet the food challenge would be to hold down population growth.” They examine the challenges in the region and discuss three strategies to “help nations achieve replacement level fertility”: increasing “educational opportunities for girls”; improving “access to reproductive health services, including family planning”; and reducing “infant and child mortality” (7/31).