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The UN Food Program Director Shows Musk The Way

Following a challenge by Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, that he would sell Tesla’s stock to fund a plan if the World Food Program (WFP) could describe “exactly how” it would work, the director of the United Nations’ World Food Program rose to the challenge by laying out a plan showing how his organization would spend $6.6 billion to combat world hunger.

David Beasley, the UN food program director and the former Republican governor of South Carolina, tweeted a link to a 1,000-word “executive summary.”

It outlines out how the UN would allocate $6.6 billion worth of meals and vouchers to feed more than 40 million people across 43 countries that are “on the brink of famine” — thereby averting what the WFP is calling a looming “catastrophe.”

In the document Beasley posted, the WFP proposes dedicating $3.5 billion to buy and deliver food directly, $2 billion “for cash and food vouchers (including transaction fees) in places where markets can function,” and spending another $700 million to manage new food programs that are “adapted to the in-country” conditions and ensure “the assistance reaches the most vulnerable.”

Another $400 million would be used for “operations management, administration and accountability” and supply chain coordination.

“The world is on fire,” Beasley wrote. “I’ve been warning about the perfect storm brewing due to Covid, conflict, climate shocks & now, rising supply chain costs. IT IS HERE.”

“This hunger crisis is urgent, unprecedented, AND avoidable,” Beasley wrote in a separate tweet, tagging Musk, who is the world’s wealthiest person with a net worth of approximately $288 billion. “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.”

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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