Definition: This entry gives a figure for the average number of children that would be born per woman if all women lived to the end of their childbearing years and bore children according to a given fertility rate at each age. The total fertility rate (TFR) is a more direct measure of the level of fertility than the crude birth rate, since it refers to births per woman. This indicator shows the potential for population change in the country. A rate of two children per woman is considered the replacement rate for a population, resulting in relative stability in terms of total numbers. Rates above two children indicate populations growing in size and whose median age is declining. Higher rates may also indicate difficulties for families, in some situations, to feed and educate their children and for women to enter the labor force. Rates below two children indicate populations decreasing in size and growing older. Global fertility rates are in general decline and this trend is most pronounced in industrialized countries, especially Western Europe, where populations are projected to decline dramatically over the next 50 years.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Total fertility rate map
S'pore unlikely to go Scandanavian way to up fertility rate
AsiaOne - 7/1/2015 11:45:24 PM
When it comes to rolling out generous goodies to try and boost the fertility rate here, Singapore is unlikely to go the way of the Scandinavian countries that have spent ... had managed to achieve a higher total fertility rate (TFR) because of the strong ...
World's Jewish population may have reached pre-Holocaust level
Mashable - 7/1/2015 3:52:57 PM
Some 6.1 million Jews live there, and the country maintains one of the highest fertility rates in the developed world, according to a Jewish Policy Center 2013 report. The study states that Israel's fertility rate is three children per Jewish woman.
Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
Forbes - 10/16/2012 6:28:12 PM
... the reproduction rate that keeps a population stable—for developed countries is 2.1, yet nearly half the world’s population has birth rates lower than that. The U.S. has a total fertility rate (TFR) of 2.0—nearly the replacement rate—with ...
Total Fertility Rates of Adherents of Other Religions, by Country
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Project - 4/1/2015 11:53:06 PM
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How Will We Feed a World of Nine Billion People?
National Geographic - 7/1/2015 3:17:10 PM
In his new book, The End of Plenty: The Race To Feed A Crowded World ... countries, like France, they’re already practicing family planning. Even Latin America, where the pope comes from, has had tremendous success reducing fertility rates.
AdMobilize unveils its newest real-world analytics so advertisers can ‘pay-per-face’
VentureBeat - 7/2/2015 5:57:38 AM
Advertisers, get ready for “pay-per-face” and “pay-per-look” rates. Those terms have been trademarked by Miami-based AdMobilize, which expands its presence today in the emerging market of “Google Analytics for the real world.” The company is ...
Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets
theguardian.com - 2/13/2015 12:35:43 AM
The number of babies born to both natives and foreigners living in Italy dropped as immigration, which used to support the overall birth rate, tumbled to its lowest ... added the minister. Developed countries the world over are counting the costs of ...
Popular weedkiller may cause cancer, World Health Organization agency says
Canada - 7/2/2015 12:17:01 PM
have shown increased rates of certain birth defects, especially in boys, and lower sperm counts in adults." Dow said in a statement obtained by Reuters that the new classification is "inconsistent with government findings in nearly 100 countries" that have ...
International consortium to study plant fertility evolution
Phys.org - 7/2/2015 2:11:33 PM
Mark Johnson, associate professor of biology, has joined a consortium of seven other researchers in four European countries to develop the fullest ... help agronomists improve crop yields for a hungry world. Johnson said his lab will focus on the evolution ...
World Bank cuts Turkey's 2016, 2017 growth forecasts over political outlook
MENAFN - 7/2/2015 8:42:16 AM
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) The World Bank has said it would stick ... grants USD9.79b for infrastructure in developing countries, MENAFN (MENAFN) The United Arab Emirates is set to offer a total of USD9.79 billion for infrastructure in ...
Cuba First Country to Eradicate Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission: WHO
The New Indian Express - 7/1/2015 3:21:20 AM
HAVANA: Cuba on Tuesday became the first country in the world to eradicate the transmission of HIV and ... which can result in early fetal loss and stillbirth, neonatal death, low-birth-weight infants and serious neonatal infections. Thanks to Cuba's ...
Current Affairs: Cuba became first country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmission: WHO
PrepSure - 7/1/2015 11:56:44 AM
Cuba on June 30, 2015 became the first country in the world to eradicate the transmission of HIV and ... Cuba succeeded in lowering the HIV transmission rate to 1.85 percent, below the 2 percent target rate countries in the region in conjunction with ...
Indians in UK face risk of radicalization by terrorists, says British Parliament
Times of India - 7/2/2015 4:34:43 PM
UK's Office of National Statistics has confirmed that ... It is now estimated that the total now exceeds 20,000 - of which nearly a fifth were residents or nationals of western European countries. The largest European countries - France, the UK, and ...
UNICEF's Report on the World's Poorest Children Shows More Needs to be Done
Economy Watch - 7/1/2015 7:27:42 PM
The most marginalised children in some of the world’s poorest countries may have actually been left behind ... has reduced by 41% and there has been a 53% reduction in the global mortality rate for children younger than five years old.
World Bank supports Ghana’s budget with $150 million
Citi FM Online - 7/2/2015 7:09:13 AM
The World Bank ... and interest rates rose sharply. Policy uncertainty prevailed and real economic growth slumped. A major obstacle to the restoration of macroeconomic stability in Ghana is the level and composition of government debt: total debt had ...