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Type Report
Title Fertility decline in francophone sub-Saharan Africa, 1980-2010
Author(s)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2002
Publisher African Population & Health Research Center
URL http://aphrc.sprintwebhosts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Fertility-Decline-in-Francophone-sub-Saha​ran-Africa-_-1980-2010.pdf
Abstract
This paper examines fertility levels (1990-2000) and trends (1980-2000) in francophone sub-Saharan Africa, and suggests likely prospects for further decline during the 2000-2010 period. Data are from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), the World Fertility Surveys (WFS), and the World Bank. Fertility levels are still high in francophone sub-Saharan Africa, but vary widely from a total fertility rate (TFR) of 4.6 children per woman in Cameroon (1998) to 7.2 in Niger (1998). Overall, fertility has been declining in francophone sub-Saharan Africa, although the pace has been much slower than the one prevailing in English-speaking countries. Age at marriage, but not contraceptive prevalence rates, is significantly associated with fertility differentials among French-speaking countries, Projection for the year 2010 indicate that total fertility rates will remain high over the next decade.

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