Elon Musk offers $ 6 billion to UN World Food Program if it can prove it will end world hunger

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, says he will donate $ 6 billion ($ 8 billion) to the UN initiative to address world hunger if the global body can meet his conditions.

The head of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley, has campaigned for the world’s richest people to donate on a “one-off basis” to address the severe food shortage affecting tens of thousands of millions of people.

In an interview with CNN, Mr Beasley said that the world’s billionaires together could provide “$ 6 billion to help 42 million people who will literally die if we do not reach them”.

“It’s not complicated,” he said.

Musk, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX, responded to the call, albeit with some skepticism.

He said that if WFP could describe exactly how that amount would “solve world hunger” – a phase he borrowed from a CNN headline rewriting Mr Beasley – he would make the donation.

“It has to be open source accounting so the public can see exactly how the money is being spent.”

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Sir. Musk’s net worth is estimated by Forbes to be more than $ 315 billion ($ 420 billion), a figure that has grown dramatically in recent weeks, in part because of the hefty price of Tesla shares he owns.

Sir. Beasley said he never claimed the donation would solve world hunger – and blamed the “inaccurate” headline on CNN for the misunderstanding – but that it would “prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation.”

Sir. Beasley made an offer to show Mr. Musk “the plan and open books” if he agreed to a meeting.

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The primary mission of the World Food Program is to tackle hunger and famine.(Photo by AP / Ben Curtis)

The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 for its efforts to stop world hunger, especially by counteracting the use of hunger as a weapon of war.

WFP’s website says it urgently needs $ 6.6 billion ($ 8.8 billion) to implement its “expertise, deep-field presence and operational scope to stop famine in its tracks and steer people away from the edge of Hunger “.

The organization cites conflict as one of the biggest causes of global famine, citing Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Afghanistan as some of the countries most likely to be affected.

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The World Food Program was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2020

It says it addresses famine through food aid, rapid response and long-term strategies.

In 2020, the agency received $ 8.4 billion ($ 11.2 billion) in donations, which it says were $ 5.3 billion ($ 7.1 billion) below its needs.

An internal audit in 2020 of WFP’s management of contributions or donations showed that it was “partially satisfactory”, but needed some improvement.

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