What is the ideal family size?
In the early 1980s, families in Kenya had an average of 8 children. This average was among the highest in the world. In 1998 this average had dropped to 5 children per family and has remained at that level ever since. This average is considered to be high and is one of the main factors that is contributing to the country’s rapid increase in population. Between 1963 and 2010, Kenya’s population increased more than 4 times from about 9 million to 40 million. By 2030 the population is projected to reach about 70 million. In response to the rapid population increase, the government has put in place measures to slow down the pace at which the population is increasing. These measures include increasing awareness and utilization of family planning methods as well as improving the education levels especially for girls.
In order to improve on policies and programmes that aim to slowdown the pace of population increase in Kenya, the National Council on Population and Development (NCPD) requests you to respond to the short questions below on family sizes;