Iran's Food Security Crisis and the Country's Unsustainable Population Staff
Posted: Apr 24, 2014 9:25 AM

At the time of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the country had a population of 38 million. While the ousted Shah had been supportive of limiting population growth, his efforts were ineffectual, with population growing at 3.4 percent per annum. The mullahs who displaced the Shah were reflexively opposed to anything that the Shah had supported, so they encouraged population growth, which increased to 4.0 percent per annum by 1985.