It maps how the UN would deploy $ 6.6 billion in food and vouchers to feed more than 40 million people across 43 countries that are “on the brink of starvation” – thus diverting what the WFP calls a threatening “disaster”.
In the document posted by Beasley, the WFP proposes to dedicate 3.5 billion US dollars (4.81 billion dollars) to buy and deliver food directly, 2 billion US dollars (2.75 billion dollars). for cash and meal vouchers (including transaction fees) in places where markets can operate, “and spending another $ 700 million ($ 962 million) to manage new food programs that are” tailored to the domestic “conditions and ensure” the assistance reaches the most vulnerable. “
An additional $ 400 million ($ 550 million) would be used for “operational management, management and accountability” and supply chain coordination.
“I warned of the perfect storm being created due to COVID, conflict, climate shocks and now, rising supply chain costs. IT’S HERE.”
“You asked for a clear plan and open books. Here it is! We are ready to talk to you – and anyone else – who seriously wants to save lives.”
Until Wednesday afternoon, Musk did not respond.
The back-and-forth between Musk and Mr. Beasley began with a CNN interview last month in which Mr. Beasley asked billionaires to “step now, once and for all” to help fight world hunger, specifically citing the two richest people in the world. men: Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
Beasley said donating $ 6 billion ($ 8.25 billion), or two percent of Musk’s net worth, could help solve the world’s hunger.
Musk responded on Twitter, writing, “If WFP can describe in this Twitter thread exactly how $ 6B will solve the world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock now and do it.”
Mr Beasley has previously responded to Musk’s tweets, assuring him that systems exist for transparency and open source accounting.
“For him to even get into this conversation is a game changer because simply, we can answer his questions, we can present a plan that is clear,” Mr. Beasley told CNN in a follow-up interview earlier this month.
“Whatever he asks, we’d be happy to answer. I’m looking forward to having this discussion with him because lives are at risk.”
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s hunger crisis had already been exacerbated by climate change and conflict. The pandemic, however, compounded the existing problems, leaving “42 million people who are literally knocking on the door of famine,” Mr Beasley said.
It is unclear whether Musk or Bezos have seen the plan and will ultimately decide to lend their support. Spokesmen for Musk’s companies did not respond to requests for comment.
Bezos’ representative, Angela Landers, declined to comment on the WFP’s proposal but showed other philanthropic donations Bezos made to combat hunger.
Musk has previously made bold promises on Twitter, devoting resources to charitable endeavors. In 2018, for example, he promised to “found a way to fix the water in any house in Flint that has water pollution above FDA levels.”
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Musk has made larger donations to certain projects. This year, he promised to donate $ 30 million ($ 41.24 million) to Brownsville, Texas, the city closest to a massive rocket hub managed by his company SpaceX, and local schools.