HARARE, Zimbabwe (BP)--The food crisis in southern Africa is deepening and Southern Baptist workers in Zimbabwe are calling for prayer that God will intervene.
With food prices rising and supplies dwindling globally, "food security" is a major issue in many countries, but the crisis is much sharper in Zimbabwe, where political uncertainty and economic turmoil -– including the world's highest inflation rate at 160,000 percent -– are making daily life virtually impossible for the poorest people. About one-third of Zimbabwe's 12 million people are receiving emergency food aid.
The situation is compounded even further by weather, said Mark Hatfield, who leads work in sub-Saharan Africa for Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist international relief and development organization. Flooding wiped out crops in many parts of the country early this year, then three months of extremely dry weather has caused serious damage to this year's maize harvest.
"Southern Baptists who care have been responding to the crisis by providing boxes of staple food to help families in crisis," Hatfield said. Read More