Indonesia asks citizens to stop making more babies

Indonesia, the fourth-most populous country in the world

The government of Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous nation with 273 million people, has asked its citizens to have fewer children to flatten population growth, Bloomberg News reported.

The country is now promoting later marriages, family planning and contraception to lower its fertility rate to 2.1 children per woman by 2025, which is the current replacement rate that would effectively shrink population growth in the country.

The move follows a decades-long struggle to bring the fertility rate down from three children per woman in the early 1990s. The difference now is that instead of just slowing population growth, Indonesia is aiming to simultaneously improve other factors such as health, education and employment, the head of he national population and family planning agency, Hasto Wardoyo, says,

The Indonesian government is saying the country cannot afford to wait, especially as it is bracing in the short term for potentially more pregnancies and less contraceptive use amid the Covid-19 pandemic’s stay-at-home orders.

Given the size of Indonesia’s population, even a modestly higher-than-average fertility rate could balloon the numbers. At its current pace of 2.3 children per woman, Indonesia will add 30 million people in the next decade, United Nations projections show.



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Indonesia, the fourth-most populous country in the world The government of Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous nation with 273 million people, has asked its citizens to have fewer children to flatten population growth, Bloomberg News reported. The country is now promoting later marriages, family planning and contraception to lower its fertility rate to 2.1 children per woman by 2025, which is the current replacement rate that would effectively shrink population growth in the country. The move follows a decades-long struggle to bring the fertility rate down from three children per woman in the early 1990s. The difference now is that...

Indonesia, the fourth-most populous country in the world

The government of Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous nation with 273 million people, has asked its citizens to have fewer children to flatten population growth, Bloomberg News reported.

The country is now promoting later marriages, family planning and contraception to lower its fertility rate to 2.1 children per woman by 2025, which is the current replacement rate that would effectively shrink population growth in the country.

The move follows a decades-long struggle to bring the fertility rate down from three children per woman in the early 1990s. The difference now is that instead of just slowing population growth, Indonesia is aiming to simultaneously improve other factors such as health, education and employment, the head of he national population and family planning agency, Hasto Wardoyo, says,

The Indonesian government is saying the country cannot afford to wait, especially as it is bracing in the short term for potentially more pregnancies and less contraceptive use amid the Covid-19 pandemic’s stay-at-home orders.

Given the size of Indonesia’s population, even a modestly higher-than-average fertility rate could balloon the numbers. At its current pace of 2.3 children per woman, Indonesia will add 30 million people in the next decade, United Nations projections show.



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