Keeping Girls In School Could Help Reduce Poverty, Hunger In Africa, Economist Jeffrey Sachs Says In World Food Day Lecture
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Keep girls in schools to end hunger and poverty, Sachs tells governments
“Keeping girls in schools in Africa is key to lowering the fast-growing continent’s high fertility rates and ultimately ending hunger and poverty, U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs said Wednesday. … Africa currently has the world’s highest rates of fertility, with 4.6 births per woman compared to the global average of 2.9, according to a United Nations report released in June. Girls leaving school early and entering motherhood is the ‘overwhelming reason’ for this, Sachs told representatives of world leaders in a World Food Day lecture at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)…” (Win, 10/16).