It has been another bit of surprise sprung this time around by the report on June 27 titled the theme of the 2007 State of World Population Report of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). I always pondered and felt a bit of scared of the growing statistical if not real influx to the urban centers leaving the rural areas in search of better oppurtunities. It is of great concern that the farmers are no more there, not one in many villages across andhra pradesh for example and its same if not mor or less in many places across the globe. Call it global warming, pollution or what ever poverty is on the rise and so is the insecurity of foodgrains in many countries.
Lack of proper irrigation and supply of seeds and other parapfernilia for aggriculture has lead to a great concern among the farming classes. Above all the entry of capitalisation of the agri sector has further more scared and concerned the already dearthing and depriving classes. While the manufacturers of all other goods have a right to fix their prices for the goods taht they produce its the so called Beaurocrats that do it for the farmers leaving them no where near the actual benefit that they deserve.
There has been this feeling of better living possible only in cities and villages are of no great importance (calling it boring and slow life). I am afraid this might lead to a slummification of the independent village farmer in the long run. At least the statistics say so.
The world’s population is currently 6.7 billion. Fewer of them, however, live in mega-cities of more than 10 million, such as Tokyo, Mexico, New York, Sao Paulo or Bombay, than was predicted by experts in the 1970s says the UN report.
The report, State of the World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth, says that urbanisation is inevitable but it argues that cities can have positive results as well as simply concentrating poverty.
Globally all future population growth is expected to take place in cities, nearly all of it in Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to the report by the United Nations Population Fund.
The Fund expects the world’s urban population to swell to almost 5 billion by 2030, 60 per cent of the world population. (Telegraph.co.uk)
In the 20th Century alone, the world’s urban population grew more than 10-fold: from 220 million to 2.8 billion. The world’s towns and cities are growing at a rate of more than 1.2 million per week.
By 2008, more people will be living in cities than in rural areas. “For the first time in history, more than half the world’s human population or 3.3 billion people, will be living in urban areas,” states the report titled ‘Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth’. “By 2030, this is expected to swell to almost 5 billion.” (Allafrica.com)
So where do we go from here to mars, saturn or to hell ?