Lisa Ann Richey
Series Number: 3
Lester Brown and his colleagues from the Worldwatch Institute have put forth the concept of “demographic fatigue” as the explanation for what they understand as a “crisis” engulfing the African continent. Their publication Beyond Malthus coins the phrase “demographic fatigue” to describe what they perceive as the inability of governments to cope with the consequences of their rapidly expanding populations. Yet this work never extends its analysis beyond Malthus. Instead, it remains stuck in a narrow understanding of population growth as the foundation of all ills in Africa and a naive belief that more family planning and fewer children will provide the cure.