UN to Elon Musk: Here’s That $ 6 Billion Plan To Fight World Hunger

David Beasley, Director of the UN Food Program and former Republican Governor of South Carolina, tweeted a link Monday to a 1,000 words “executive Summary.” It traces how the UN would deploy $ 6.6 billion in food and vouchers to feed more than 40 million people in 43 countries that are “on the brink of famine”, thus avoiding what the WFP calls an impending “catastrophe.”

In the document published by Beasley, the WFP proposes to dedicate $ 3.5 billion to buy and deliver food directly, $ 2 billion “for cash and food stamps (including transaction fees) in places where markets can work” and spend another $ 700 million to administer new food programs. that they “adapt to the conditions of the country” and ensure that “assistance reaches the most vulnerable.”

Another $ 400 million would be used for “operations management, administration and accountability” and supply chain coordination.

“The world is on fire”, Beasley wrote. “I’ve been warning about the perfect storm coming due to Covid, conflict, climate impacts, and now, rising supply chain costs. IT IS HERE.”
“This hunger crisis is urgent, unprecedented and preventable,” Beasley wrote in a separate post. cheep, labeling Musk, who is the richest person in the world with a net worth of approximately $ 288 billion. “You asked for a clear plan and open books. Here it is! We are ready to talk to you, and anyone else, who is serious about saving lives.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Musk had not responded.

The exchange between Musk and Beasley began with a CNN interview last month in which Beasley asked billionaires to “step up now, for the only time” to help fight world hunger, specifically citing the two richest men in the world: Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

Beasley said giving $ 6 billion, or 2% of Musk’s net worth, could help solve world hunger.

Musk responded on Twitter, writing: “If the WFP can describe in this Twitter thread exactly how $ 6 billion will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it.”
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“But it needs to be open source accounting, so the public can see exactly how the money is being spent.” Musk added.

Beasley previously responded to Musk’s tweets, assuring him that open source accounting and transparency systems exist.

“For him, even getting into this conversation is a game changer because in a nutshell, we can answer his questions, we can present a plan that is clear,” Beasley told CNN in a follow-up interview earlier this month. “Any and all you ask, we’ll be happy to answer. I look forward to having this conversation with him because lives are at stake.”
2% of Elon Musk's wealth could help solve world hunger, says director of the UN organization for food shortages

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the world hunger crisis was already aggravated by climate change and conflict. However, the pandemic exacerbated existing problems, leaving “42 million people literally knocking on the door of famine,” Beasley said. “This is the worst case.”

It is unclear whether Musk or Bezos have seen the plan and will ultimately decide to provide their support. Spokesmen for Musk’s companies did not respond to requests for comment. A Bezos representative, Angela Landers, declined to comment on the WFP proposal, but noted other philanthropic donations Bezos has done to fight hunger.
Musk has previously made bold promises on Twitter, committing resources to charitable initiatives. In 2018, for example, it pledged to “fund the water repair of any home in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels.” Musk ended up donating about half a million dollars to install water filters in the city’s schools, according to an August article from a local media outlet.
Musk has made larger donations to certain projects. This year, he promised to donate $ 30 million to Brownsville, Texas, the closest city to a huge rocket center run by his company SpaceX, and local schools.
He also set up the Musk Foundation, which it says is dedicated to efforts related to expanding renewable energy, exploring human space, and safe uses of artificial intelligence. He has also signed Promise to give, a promise to donate at least half of his wealth to charitable endeavors during his lifetime, something Bezos has not done.

Walé Azeez, Eoin McSweeney, Adam Pourahmadi, and Moira Ritter of CNN Businesses contributed to this report.


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