The director of the World Food Program of the United Nations, David Beasley, said that a small group of ultra-wealthy people could help solve hunger globally with just a part of their net worth. Billionaires need to go ahead on a one-time basis, David said during an interview with Becky Anderson on CNN. He mentioned specifically the two wealthiest men of the world, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos.
According the director of UN food scarcity organization, only 2% of Elon Musk’s total wealth could solve world hunger.
According to him, the UN food scarcity organization needs $6billion to reach 42 million people that would literally die if they dont reach them.@elonmusk pic.twitter.com/AnrJDWKClQ
— @A4 AShir…. (@AshirYasin07) October 27, 2021
He added six billion dollars to help forty-two million individuals who are actually going to die if the world does not reach them. According to Bloomberg, it is not complicated. Tesla CEO Musk has a net worth of approximately $289 billion, according to Bloomberg. So, it means that Beasley is asking for a donation of only two percent of his fortune. The net worth of United States billionaires almost doubled since the coronavirus pandemic started, standing at $5.04 trillion in October, according to progressive groups Americans for Tax Fairness and Institute for Policy Studies.
Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan
Beasley said that a perfect storm of many crises, like the COVID-19 outbreak and climate change, means several countries are knocking on the door of famine. According to a WFP Monday report, 22.8 million people, half of the population of Afghanistan, face a severe hunger crisis.
Liquidity crisis and widespread unemployment mean the nation is standing on the edge of the humanitarian crisis. The report added around 3.2 million kids under the age of five are at risk. WFP warns that Afghanistan is now among the countries of world humanitarian crises, and millions of Afghans will face starvation this winter if leaders of rich countries don’t take urgent action.
“Afghanistan is now among the world’s worst humanitarian crises, if not the worst.” – @WFPChief
WFP warns that millions of Afghans will face starvation this winter unless urgent action is taken. https://t.co/pCjmrdiCoO
— World Food Programme (@WFP) October 25, 2021
Stark Warning about Climatic Change
Biden government released a series of new reports to issue a stark warning about the effects of climate change last week. The report added that its effects will be wide-reaching and will pose issues for every government. Moreover, among the reports, the government details how climate change is urging migration, the first time the United States administration is officially recognizing the association between migration and climate change.
In the past, the World Food program warned about this migration, specifically in the Dry Corridor region in Central America. However, Beasley said that they are feeding a lot of individuals in the areas of Central American, El Salvador, the Dry Corridor, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala because the climate is just changing with flash flooding and hurricanes.
The WFP evaluates that around 5.2 million Ethiopian nationals are in instant need of food aid in the Tigray region, where Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister, led significant aggression against the TPLF (the Tigray People’s Liberation Front). His forces killed thousands of civilians, and so far, over two million people driven to displace.
Humanitarian organizations such as the WFP struggled to deliver supply assistance to those in need in the region, and it intensified the crisis. In the wide-ranging interview, Beasley said that he is answerless, where they are getting the food from. WFP is out of fuel and out of cash in terms of paying the staff, and the organization is running out of cash.