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This article explores how the environment – albeit indirectly – is one determinant of women’s fertility. Environmental degradation, for example, forces communities to seek alternative livelihoods, which may lead women to desire more children for the economic value they bring. Another factor is access to and management of natural resources, and how these are used by men, women and children. Case studies of water and soil quality, and deforestation, are examined in Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico City and Morocco. In each case, the author explores the mechanics and consequences of environmental impacts.

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