Climate Change and Fertility Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Cameroon

Uilrich Inespéré Waffo, CARE-IFA and Institut de Formation et de Recherche Démographiques (IFORD)
Blaise Nguendo Yongsi, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

It is of fame that socioeconomic and cultural factors are the keys determinants of the fertility level in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). However, the physical environment can also be seen as influencing the procreative behavior of populations of this part of the world; given that, many people’s livelihood depends on it. Hence, the climate change that the continent is facing since decades cannot be without effect on its population fertility behavior and hence on the fertility transition. This study then investigates on the potential or existing link between ongoing climate change in SSA and the transition of fertility with a focus on the case of Cameroon. It is about enlightening the effect of climate hazards on the desired fertility of population specifically in climate change hotspots. We are trying to demonstrate that addressing negative effects of climate change in SSA can significantly contribute to the fertility transition there.

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 Presented in Session P3. Fertility Intentions and Behaviors