UN raises world population forecast to 9.8 billion people by 2050 due to rapid growth in Africa.

The UN report released on June 21 predicts that by 2050, half of the world’s population growth will be concentrated in just nine countries: India, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania, the U.S., Uganda and Indonesia.

The world’s population will grow to 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, driven by faster growth in African countries.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs published its “World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision” on June 21.

The main reason for increased population growth in India and Africa.
India is currently the second most populous country in the world with with 1.3 billion inhabitants, compared to China’s 1.4 billion, but India’s population is expected to surpass China’s by 2024.

Meanwhile, Africa is experiencing continued high rates of population growth.