Elon Musk recently challenged the United Nations (UN) to explain how $6 billion of his wealth could solve the world hunger problem. In return, the UN responded to the billionaire with a plan.
The United Nation’s food-assistance branch, the World Food Programme argued that $6.6 billion in funding could save over 42 million people across 43 countries from starving. The head of the WFP, David Beasley, called out Musk, the world’s richest person by far, in a tweet announcing the 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.”
Late last month, Musk dared the World Food Programme. The richest person in the world asked them to explain how $6 billion could “solve world hunger.” He said that if they show him how it would be spent, he would “sell Tesla stock right now and do it.”
The challenge of Musk followed a CNN interview. In the interview, Beasley asked billionaires — specifically Musk and Jeff Bezos the founder of Amazon — to donate $6 billion to save people from starvation.
The WFP’s proposal, titled “A one-time appeal to billionaires,” includes $3.5 billion for food and its delivery and $2 billion for cash and food vouchers, among other expenditures.