The Future of the Developing World In 2050

by Odimegwu Onwumere

Following the unfolding events in the present-days there is a daily
expression of concern on the people’s face. It is of disappointment, water
shortages, sicknesses, lack, air and noise pollutions, name them. It is
fearsome. The time is of sword, thirst and famine. These buttress a
prejudice that the developing world is dangling on a threshold of
tragedies. The area has been much confounded with the effect of global
warming, economic downward spiraling and nuclear wars since the year 2000
the word *Millennium* was characterized. Things have downturned
drastically. Much dreadful is the effect of these in 2050. With the
astronomical populations given at above 10 billion, everything is
transcending and inflation has climbed through the ceiling.

Because of the snail speed in taking hold of the resourcefulness of
technology, distance learning and media sensitization, which are used to
instruct great assemblages of people, have continued to remain a tall dream
in the developing world. And renewable forms of energy like solar, wind,
geothermal, etcetera are still farfetched. It is “more exercise, less
eating” in the developed world. But it is saddening that malnutrition has
taken a toll on the majority of the people in the developing world. These
were caused by poor medical facilities and dim-witted projections, whereas
the developed world has gone digital in all its facets of endeavours. The
consequences of the economic recession and climate alteration have caused
an untold inflation in regions like sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.
These areas are taking less or no measure to gauge climate revolution. The
end product this has yielded is more disastrous. People from the developing
world are still facing far-end to food crisis.

While this clime is facing unwanted plagues, foreign institutions concerned
with fostering of the farmers have become less committed with crop research
and insurance of food security in the developing countries. The crisis in
the food system has changed the stability in the prices of food, because
there are hardly any set aside stockpiles. The developing countries are
also having crisis in populations rise due to their non-challant attitude
towards checkmating birth rate. But the developed world has been acting on
this many years ago: checkmating the birth rate of its people, as if it has
had the premonition of what was to come by 2050 – famine. To this extent,
many a couple in the developed world hardly give birth to more than three
children, as against more than six children a couple in the developing
world gives. Polygamy is also fad in the developing countries, whereas
monogamy constitutes 95 percent of the marriages in the developed world.

With the increased sea level in most countries in Asia, they have lost
lands for farming to climate change. In other regions, rains have refused
to fall spontaneously. A huge challenge. But even without climate change,
urbanization of most farmlands has added to the appalling features of the
uproarious threats. The populations continue to escalate in the developing
world and people are no longer comfortable with each other. Ethno-religious
crises have become a way of life. This has resulted to tremendous wars,
which have given the developed world the leeway to sell their nuclear
weapons and other form of munitions, and make money.

Africa, for example, has become a jam-packed place for the West to dump its
dangerous ammunitions. The West has also found an ugly trade in toxic
wastes to merchant in Africa. The case in Koko, Delta State, Nigeria, in
1986, was horrendous. Scores of people in this village died of toxic wastes
that were dumped by an Italian, depicting more negative issues to befall
the developing countries if they do not walk the talk. HIV/AIDS are also
ravaging. But as industrialized as the developed countries are, they’re
however facing their own ill-fated foresight.

Those who reflect additionally ahead and bring their plan to accomplishment
seem to have a superhuman influence. It is practical conversely that the
developing countries should awaken from siesta and work alongside each
other with the realities of the time. They should no longer be hoping on
the development aid given to them by the developed world, which has
incessantly brought disrepute to them. If they continue to hope on the aid,
it is worth mentioning that in more years to come there will be a total
diversion of any form of aid away from the developing countries. The
developed countries will see the continuity of this aid to the developing
countries as catastrophic, because the former have not been able to fully
adjust to climate change.

Since there have been water shortages, the developing countries should be
building drainages for irrigations, and take food security seriously.
Without food each person’s calories will continue to fall, engendering
sickness. Hence, there should be sustainability in the business of things
such as agriculture, healthcare, education and research. The amplification
of environmental degradation should be addressed, likewise the rising
standards of living. Without a drastic approach towards the impending woes
that have befallen the developing world, it will be hard it makes policy
changes and has an autonomous political will power. Especially, Africa must
buckle up. It has already been facing exceptional confrontations. Beijing
must look for ways to curtail her air pollution, which is nastiest in the
globe. If she does not do this, acid rain and fog produced by Sulphur
dioxide from coal-fired plants in China will continue to be rife. This will
increase her cases of respiratory illnesses and records of more deaths.

Moreover, the developing countries should be working against becoming
environmental refugees. Corruption and sit-tight rule should be sent on
exile. The developed countries should loan a serving hand, striking an
international prevalence tax. This tax will help the developing countries
to have electricity among the billions of their people who at present exist
lacking it. The Developing World must dissect the issues raised in this
report of 2050 with apt prognosis and diagnosis for years ahead. “A stitch
in time,” they say, “saves nine.”

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