Let’s back to the beginning of the story. Previously, the director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme, David Beasley said that Billionaires need to “step up now, on a one-time basis”. With his words, he cites specifically the world’s two richest men, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
He added, “$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them. It’s not complicated,”.
Since Musk has a net worth of nearly $289 billion, according to Bloomberg, meaning that 2% of his fortune would be enough to save millions of lives.
However, the billionaire dared the United Nations by a tweet as usual saying: “If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now,”.
Beasley responded to Musk’s tweet said that the $6 billion may not solve world hunger, it “WILL prevent global political instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation.”
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Now, the UN got back to Mr.musk with a good plan. David Beasley, called out Elon Musk, also in a tweet announcing that he have a proposal.
“This hunger crisis is urgent, unprecedented, AND avoidable. @elonmusk, you asked for a clear plan & open books. Here it is!” Beasley said. “We’re ready to talk with you – and anyone else – who is serious about saving lives.”
The world is on fire. I've been warning about the perfect storm brewing due to Covid, conflict, climate shocks & now, rising supply chain costs. IT IS HERE. 45M lives are at stake—and increasing daily. If you don’t feed people, you feed conflict, destabilization & mass migration. pic.twitter.com/VotIZlEAGE
— David Beasley (@WFPChief) November 15, 2021
“A one-time appeal to billionaires,” is the title of WFP’s proposal. It shows how the world’s richest people’s billions of donations could be spent to stave off hunger. It’s divided like this: $3.5 billion for food and its delivery and $2 billion for cash and food vouchers, and other expenditures.
After this, Do you think Elon Musk will save his word and give $6 billion to save world hunger?
For how long will this one time 6B contribution save the 42M people? Address the real problem so ALL the 6B can be used for foods and that ALL the foods are really reaching the people in need. Countries needs to do away with corruption which is where it seems a big portion of the money goes. If 6B can SAVE 42M people from starvation, shame on WFP for not having done this true other means earlier when the price and amount of people would most likely have been much less.
This is daft. It’s well known that food is taken and sold by warlords for guns and ammo. If I were Musk, I’d include a caveat in the contract to demand immediate repayment of all monies plus 10% interest if after a period of 2 years his donation did not end world hunger.
I don’t see a plan. How would having the money feed the world? Is this a stainable plan or just a one-time gimmick?
Hopefully not with no better accounting than that. This would have to be one of the most inefficient ways possible considering the fatcats that will be supported thru graft and corruption in that food delivery category.
3.5 billion for food and delivery! How long is that going to last? 2 billion for cash, food vouchers and other expenditure! Why cash and food vouchers?how long are they going to last? just let them eat for free if its already paid for, and what other expenditure? Instead of using money to deliver food instead use that money to help them grow their own food to feed themselves for the foreseeable future.
6 billion. Hmm create maning less jobs for the people in those countries that has so many starving so they can go to work and earn a living. Buy up land and create farms and agriculture. Start a better UN military force to protect assets so greedy governments can’t steal the 6 billion from the starving people..
Agree. It’s an age-old go-to. Get the money from the people that have worked for it and throw it at people who have no understanding of how to use it to save themselves. Then when that’s gone go get more. Elon is way to smart to fall for that! It’s one of this country’s biggest failings.
Let’s start with this, how much did the UN person take from the program in the past 5 years, directly and indirectly?
Also, where is the answer to “$6B can solve world hunger”? You know it’s just a lie. Money can’t solve it.
They give 10 million to a PR company, ask them to help pressure Elon Musk to donate $6B. They will completely ignore what Elon said “Sunshine is a good thing.” They hate sunshine.
I want to know where did the last $8B go last year. Am I asking too much?
I love the open books statement, then they clearly say 3.5billion and another 2 billion. But they already made 1/2billion unaccounted for. 😂
Feeding the hungry in our world is possible ! Stopping the out of control birth control situation would do more to help the world’s poor than any other activity !
The graft in The U.N. And it’s lack of ability to control their staff members in the field is of great concern !
The UN WFP is an entity that prioritize it’s survival like any institution based on the agony of humanity. Withou hunger in the world WFP will be exterminated just can’t exist. So none of the WFP employees would, and could even imagine a world without hunger. Let me put it this way the WFP is like a big fish in an ocean swearing to drink and finish the whole 💦 water in the ocean. The fish has to pee in the process.