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WFP seeks to meet Tesla boss, Elon Musk to discuss how to feed the poor

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Tesla CEO, Elon Musk says he  will sell his stock in the electric car company and donate the proceeds if the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP) if they could prove exactly how it could feed the world hungry. He said it in a tweet on Sunday.

This was a response to Director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley who reportedly told CNN that the world’s top 400 richest people could help feed millions of hungry people by making a on-time donation to the WFP.

“The world’s in trouble and you’re telling me you can’t give me 0.36 percent of your net worth increase to help the world in trouble, in times like this?” he said. “What if it was your daughter starving to death? What if it was your family starving to death? Wake up, smell the coffee, and help.”

“The governments are tapped out. This is why and this is when … the billionaires need to step up now on a one-time basis, $6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them. It’s not complicated,” Beasley said.

Musk seemed open to the idea, but tweeted on Sunday to Beasley, “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,” Musk wrote. “But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.”

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Replying to Musk on Twitter, Beasley clarified that he didn’t say $6 billion “would solve world hunger,” noting that the donation would save millions of lives during the “unprecedented hunger crisis” caused by conflict, climate change and COVID-19. He also said the WFP has “systems in place for transparency and open source accounting,” which Musk’s team is open to review.

On Monday, Beasley tweeted again for Musk’s assistance.

“Instead of tweets, allow me to show you. We can meet anywhere—Earth or space—but I suggest in the field where you can see (World Food Programme)’s people, processes and yes, technology, at work” Beasley said. “I will bring the plan, and open books.”

 

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