In response to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s remark that he would sell Tesla stock to fund a plan only if the WFP could outline how it would work, the UN’s World Food Programme chief provided a proposal on how they would spend $6.6 billion to tackle world hunger.
According to CNN, United Nations Food Program Director David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, tweeted a link to a 1,000-word “executive summary” on Monday.
They outlined how the UN would distribute $6.6 billion in meals and vouchers to feed over 40 million people in 43 nations “on the verge of famine.”
The WFP proposes spending $3.5 billion to directly buy and deliver food, $2 billion “for cash and food vouchers (including transaction fees) in places where markets can function,” and $700 million to manage new food programs that are “adapted to the in-country” conditions and ensure “the assistance reaches the most vulnerable,” according to the document Beasley posted.
According to CNN, another $400 million will be spent on “operations management, administration, and accountability,” as well as supply chain coordination. Beasley tweeted, “The planet is on fire.” “I’ve been warning about the perfect storm brewing as a result of Covid, conflict, climate change, and now rising supply chain costs. IT IS HERE.”
“This hunger crisis is urgent, unprecedented, and avoidable,” Beasley wrote in a separate tweet, tagging Musk, the world’s richest man with an estimated net worth of $288 billion. “You requested a detailed plan and open books. It’s finally here! We’re eager to speak with you – and anyone else – who is committed to saving lives.”
Musk had not answered as of Wednesday afternoon. Last month, Beasley challenged billionaires to “step up now, on a one-time basis” to help tackle world hunger in a CNN interview, mentioning the world’s two richest men: Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
According to Beasley, donating $6 billion, or 2% of Musk’s net assets, might help end world hunger.
This hunger crisis is urgent, unprecedented, AND avoidable. @elonmusk, you asked for a clear plan & open books. Here it is! We're ready to talk with you – and anyone else – who is serious about saving lives. The ask is $6.6B to avert famine in 2022: https://t.co/eJLmfcMVqE
— David Beasley (@WFPChief) November 15, 2021
“If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6 billion would cure world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it,” Musk said on Twitter.
“However, it must be open source accounting,” Musk stressed, “so the public can see exactly how the money is spent.”
According to the CNN article, Beasley previously responded to Musk’s tweets, assuring him that processes for transparency and open source accounting are in place.