The Canadian Foodgrains Bank, owned by thirteen Canadian church agencies, is responding to the food crisis which is impacting nearly twelve million people in southern Africa. More than 6,500 metric tons of food will be distributed. With areas of southern Africa having the poorest maize harvest in ten years, the food is much needed. Erratic weather, high prices for food, a shortage of seeds and fertilizers, chronic poverty and HIV/AIDS are all contributing to the worst hunger conditions in a decade. Maize for the projects is being purchased from surplus producing regions in southern Africa while split peas are being supplied from Canada. (Nazarene Communications Network)