UN to Elon Musk: Here’s how we would spend your money to fight global hunger

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Prompted by a challenge from Tesla founder Elon Musk, the United Nations has launched plan for how it would spend practically $7 billion to fight hunger world wide.

The proposal comes three weeks after David Beasley, govt director of the UN’s World Food Programme, or WFP, told CNN that roughly 2% of Musk’s $279 billion web value might assist finish hunger. He later laid out in a tweet {that a} $6.6 billion donation would “avert famine” subsequent year.

After seeing the interview, Musk stated on Twitter that he would instantly promote shares of the electrical automotive company, which is value greater than $1 trillion, if the UN might clarify how the money would “solve” hunger.

“If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6 billion will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it,” tweeted Musk, who Bloomberg ranks because the richest particular person on the planet.

If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread precisely how $6B will clear up world hunger, I’ll promote Tesla stock proper now and do it.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2021

Beasley defended his feedback in a reply to Musk on Twitter and instructed the entrepreneur that “with your help, we can bring hope, build stability and change the future.” 

“Let’s talk,” Beasley tweeted to Musk, a South Africa native. “It isn’t as complicated as Falcon Heavy, but too much is at stake to not at least have a conversation.”

About $3.5 billion of a roughly $6 billion donation would go towards shopping for meals for individuals principally in Africa and the Middle East, together with Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo,  Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen, in accordance to the UN. The money would additionally fund the distribution of meals in these and different international locations by air, river or truck. 

All instructed, the UN stated its proposed plan would feed 42 million ravenous individuals. The WFP proposal additionally requires: 

  • Spending $700 million on creating meals voucher applications in 43 international locations the place such help would not presently exist, together with “office and satellite-office facilities and their security, and the monitoring of distributions and results, ensuring the assistance reaches the most vulnerable.”
  • Spending $2 billion on money and meals vouchers in international locations the place these applications exist already.
  • Spending $400 million on beefing up global supply-chain logistics and making a monitoring system to observe worldwide hunger.

The proposal would not break down how a lot money, if any, would go towards combating hunger within the U.S.

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The UN emphasised that $6 billion would not eradicate world hunger. But the money would present one meal a day to tens of millions of individuals going through famine, in accordance to the group. 

Almost 283 million individuals throughout 80 international locations face excessive hunger, WFP stated, up from 135 million individuals in 58 international locations in 2019, prior to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Africa stays the continent most impacted by hunger, accounting for 63% of the individuals experiencing meals insecurity at a “crisis” stage or worse, in accordance to a 2020 WFP report. Yet though the pandemic has fueled global hunger, the three important causes are conflict, excessive climate occasions and financial shocks.

Famine on the rise

Beasley tweeted Monday that the variety of individuals going through famine world wide continues to rise and that the UN proposal is accepting of anybody prepared to assist fund it. 

“This hunger crisis is urgent, unprecedented and avoidable,” Beasley tweeted, telling Musk that “we’re ready to talk with you — and anyone else — who is serious about saving lives. The ask is $6.6 billion to avert famine in 2022.”

Musk thus far hasn’t responded to the UN’s proposal. However, he lately has bought a major variety of his Tesla shares. Musk bought about 4.5 million shares final week, cashing in about $5 billion. A day later he bought one other 640,000 shares for about $687 million. 

Khristopher J. Brooks

Khristopher J. Brooks is a reporter for CBS MoneyWatch protecting business, client and monetary tales that vary from financial inequality and housing points to bankruptcies and the business of sports activities.