In 1955, Niger’s total fertility rate was 7.28; in 2017 it’s up to 7.6. The population grew at a pace of 3% per year then, now it’s 4.1%.
Of course, Niger had fewer than 3 million people in 1955. Now there are at least 21 million. By 2050, this landlocked desert country is expected to grow to 72 million.
So what does this all add up to? Well, for one, Niger scores dead last on the human development index.
It’s hard to imagine 72 million people in a country that looks like this: