An entry in the Crocodile Prize
PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum
Award for Essays & Journalism
THE rapid growth of Papua New Guinea’s population over recent decades is unprecedented and is receiving increasing recognition on the international development agenda.
The PNG population is expected to exceed 10 million by 2020 at the current birthrate 2.7% a year, the highest of the six countries in Oceania.
Countries with high fertility and population growth rates typically have high unmet needs for modern contraception, a fact that contributes significantly to population growth.