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Elon Musk dared the UN to show him how $6 billion could fight world hunger. The UN has gotten back to the world's richest person with a proposal. See all newslettersElon Musk dared the United Nations to show him how $6 billion of his wealth could address world hunger. Late last month, Musk challenged the WFP to explain how $6 billion could solve world hunger. It includes $3.5 billion for food and its delivery and $2 billion for cash and food vouchers, among other expenditures.
Persons: Elon Musk, Musk, , David Beasley, Beasley, Jeff Bezos Organizations: UN, Nations, Food Programme, CNN, Amazon
New York (CNN Business) The director of the United Nations' World Food Programme is still pleading with the world's richest individuals to help in the fight against the world hunger crisis. On CNN's "New Day" Tuesday, UN Food Programme Director David Beasley acknowledged the controversy he found himself in last week when he chastised billionaires like Elon Musk for accumulating massive amounts of wealth without caring for the world's hungry. Beasley said giving $6 billion, or 2% of Musk's net worth, could help solve world hunger. Please, please help share right now in a one-time crisis." Last week, in an interview with CNN, Beasley asked billionaires to "step up now, on a one-time basis" to help combat world hunger, citing specifically the world's two richest men: Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
Persons: David Beasley, Elon, Beasley, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN Food Locations: York
London (CNN Business) Elon Musk has offered to sell some of his Tesla (TSLA) stock "right now" if the UN can prove that $6 billion will solve world hunger. His comments came after UN World Food Programme (WFP) director David Beasley challenged the ultra-wealthy — and in particular the world's two richest men Jeff Bezos and Musk — to "step up now, on a one-time basis" to help solve world hunger in an interview with CNN last week. "$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don't reach them. Posting on Twitter on Sunday, the Tesla chief executive said: "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." "But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent," he added.
Persons: Elon Musk, Tesla, David Beasley, Jeff Bezos, Beasley, Becky Anderson, Read Organizations: London, CNN Business, UN, Food Programme, CNN, CNN's
42 million people are "knocking on famine's door," the director of the World Food Programme said. This is why and this is when the billionaires need to step up now on a one-time basis. He added that last week, Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, had a $6 billion net worth increase in just one day. As of Wednesday, Musk had a net worth of $253.8 billion and Bezos was worth $196.1 billion. "The top 400 billionaires in the United States the net worth increase was $1.8 trillion dollars in the past year.
Persons: David Beasly, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Beasly, I'm, Beasley, Bezos, Musk, it's, Tesla Organizations: Food, CNN, Service, UN, Amazon, SpaceX Locations: United States
Samira, 9, and other children share tea and bread for breakfast at the orphanage before going to school in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 12, 2021. "Children are going to die. "I don't know how you don't have millions of people, and especially children, dying at the rate we are going with the lack of funding and the collapsing of the economy." He said dollars earmarked for development assistance should be repurposed for humanitarian aid, which some nations have already done, or frozen funds be channelled through the agency. The U.N. food agency needs up to $220 million a month to partially feed the nearly 23 million vulnerable people as winter nears.
Persons: Jorge Silva, David Beasley, Beasley, You've, Alexander Cornwell, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, Reuters, Taliban, WFP, Central America, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, DUBAI, Dubai, Syria, Europe, East, Africa, Central
Bundles of Yemeni currency are pictured at a post office before being handed to public sector employees as salaries in Sanaa, Yemen January 25, 2017. "I don't see how we don't avoid, at this stage, a famine of biblical proportions...without a massive injection of additional dollars." The war has been in military stalemate for years with the Houthis holding most large urban centres. The coalition led by Riyadh intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed government from the capital Sanaa in late 2014. Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Ghaida Ghantous and Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Khaled Abdullah, David Beasley, Beasley, Houthis, Alexander Cornwell, Ghaida Ghantous, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, Reuters, WFP, UNICEF, Thomson Locations: Sanaa, Yemen, DUBAI, Saudi, Dubai, United, Marib, Riyadh, Iran
CASH DROPSThe United Nations has warned that 14 million Afghans face hunger. Mary-Ellen McGroarty, U.N. World Food Programme Afghanistan director, said the economy could collapse in the face of the cash crisis. Under the first plan, the World Food Programme would fly in cash and distribute it directly to people to buy food, expanding on something the agency already has been doing on a smaller scale. A spokesperson for the World Food Programme said it had helped almost 4 million people in September, nearly triple the August number, chiefly with food, and some cash assistance had been given out in Kabul. In a separate diplomatic note, French and German officials outline five demands that could be made of the Taliban.
Persons: Jorge Silva, Cash, Ellen McGroarty, U.N, Shah Mehrabi, Stephanie Nebehay, Michelle Nichols, Rupam, John O'Donnell, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, World Bank, United Nations, Food Programme, European Union, Food, Afghan, U.S . Treasury, Taliban, Thomson Locations: Shahr, Kabul, Afghanistan, BRUSSELS, FRANKFURT, WASHINGTON, U.S, Food Programme Afghanistan, Pakistan, Britain, United States
(CNN) The United Nations has rebuffed Ethiopia's decision to expel seven senior UN officials as the country's war-torn northern Tigray region descends into famine, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday. "If the current trajectory continues, I fear for the future of many Ethiopian lives, and indeed for the stability of the country and the region. The UN denounced Ethiopia's decision to eject its officials from the country on Friday, and vowed to continue its humanitarian work. If the Ethiopian order goes ahead, it would mark one of the most significant expulsions of senior UN humanitarian officials from any country. Earlier this month, UNOCHA said there was a "de facto humanitarian aid blockade" into Tigray, where at least 400,000 people are facing famine conditions, according to the agency's latest figures.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Guterres, UNOCHA, Martin Griffiths, Abiy, Griffiths, William Davison, Ethiopia's, Jens Laerke, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, Psaki, We're, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, David Beasley Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN, UN Security, Security, UN's, Fund, UNICEF, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Reuters, International Crisis, Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, White, Ethiopian Human Rights, UN Human Rights, Food Programme, WFP Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Mekele, Geneva, Tigrayan, Wukro, UN, Axum, Eritrea
Ibrahim Jaber, a chef who used to work at Classic Sandwich restaurant, gestures during an interview with Reuters, in Beirut, Lebanon September 1, 2021. Unable to find another job, he had to take his daughter out of school to put food on the table at home. "The owners (of the restaurant) used to give us a fund for school, now we don't get it." "I would rather work anywhere in the world, even just picking up garbage, than stay in this country," Jaber said. The World Food Programme (WFP) says food inflation has risen by as much as 557% since Oct. 2019.
Persons: Ibrahim Jaber, Alaa Kanaan, Jaber, Lebanon's, Rasha Abou Dargham, Nasser Saidi, Ali Hammoud's, Hammoud, Hani Bohsali, Naja Shallita, Maha El, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Food Programme, Thomson Locations: Sandwich, Beirut, Lebanon, BEIRUT, Lebanese
U.N. footage from northern Ethiopia shows humanitarian crisis
  + stars: | 2021-09-06 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Baz RatnerNAIROBI, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Footage of war-hit northern Ethiopia published by the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday reflected the severe humanitarian crisis there, after the United Nations warned that a de facto blockade on aid is bringing millions to the brink of famine. War broke out 10 months ago between Ethiopia's federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the Tigray region. The footage showed a distribution of emergency food aid by the WFP on August 23 in Asgede district in northwestern Tigray. The supplies delivered that day were among the last remaining stocks in Tigray region, where no food or other humanitarian aid entered between August 20 and September 5. The United Nations estimates 100 trucks of aid need to be entering Tigray each day to meet the needs of the population.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Billene Seyoum, Sacks, Satyen Tait, Maggie Fick, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, United Nations, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Asgede district, WFP's Ethiopia
A bearded man leaves carrying a sack of 46 kilos (101.4 pounds) of fortified wheat flour on his back. Food prices have spiked since the second drought in four years ruined some 40% of the wheat crop, according to the WFP. Millions of Afghans could soon face starvation due to the combination of conflict, drought and COVID-19, it has said. It has urgently appealed for $200 million, warning that WFP supplies will run out by October as winter sets in. 'PALLOR AND PAIN'McGroarty, an Irish aid veteran, has met some of the 550,000 Afghans uprooted by fighting and drought this year, now living in makeshift tents.
Persons: Mary, Ellen McGroarty, Delawar, McGroarty, Christine Cipolla, Stephanie Nebehay, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: ICRC, Food Programme, Reuters, WFP, International Committee, Red, Thomson Locations: ICRC GENEVA, Afghanistan, videolink, Kabul, Mazar, Balkh, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Herat, Ghazni, Khost, Asia, Kunduz, Kandahar
People stay at makeshift tents in a camp after the 7.2 magnitude quake on August 14 damage or destroyed their houses in the Nan Konsey neighborhood in Pestel, Haiti August 23, 2021. Samedy had eaten only intermittently since the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 14 destroyed much of Nan Konsey, a remote farming village not far from the epicenter. Across Haiti, the quake killed more than 2,000 people and left tens of thousands homeless. In Nan Konsey, the earth's convulsions tore open the village's cement cisterns used to store drinking water and triggered landslides that interred residents' modest subsistence farms. Before the quake, farmer Michel Pierre had tended 15 goats and cultivated yams, potatoes, corn, and banana trees.
Persons: Ricardo Arduengo NAN KONSEY, Sofonie Samedy, gesturing, Nan Konsey, Lola Castro, Michel Pierre, Hurricane Matthew, Perrin, Jovenel Moise, he'd, Laura Gottesdiener, Ricardo Arduengo, Herbert Villarraga, Daniel Flynn, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, Thomson Locations: Nan Konsey, Pestel, Haiti, Americas, Grand'Anse, WFP's, America, Caribbean, United States, Hispaniola, Dominican Republic, Camp
Afghan staff at the World Food Programme say they are committed to helping out vulnerable groups. That changed with the blitz-style Taliban takeover of Afghanistan just two weeks ago, according to Andrew Patterson, the WFP's deputy director in the country. Patterson estimates that since the Taliban takeover, there are around 550,000 internally displaced people in need of assistance. Internally displaced people and vulnerable groups in Afghanistan don't yet know if the Taliban will target them. Them taking over doesn't grow more food for this country, doesn't reduce the food insecurity for the vulnerable."
Persons: Andrew Patterson, Patterson Organizations: Service Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul
UN agency calls for food aid for Afghanistan before winter
  + stars: | 2021-08-24 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Civilian volunteers sort donations for evacuees from Afghanistan at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, August 22, 2021. Air Force/Handout via REUTERSGENEVA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday called for the international community to donate $200 million in food aid for Afghanistan so essential supplies can be delivered to remote regions before winter. "WFP is warning that a humanitarian catastrophe awaits the people of Afghanistan this winter unless the international community makes their lives a priority," Anthea Webb, WFP deputy regional director for Asia and Pacific, told a U.N. briefing. Webb said the WFP needs to get supplies through mountain passages before they are blocked by snow. Webb added that countries nervous about a possible exodus of people from Afghanistan after the Taliban took control should back relief missions supporting those who stay in the country.
Persons: Anthea Webb, Webb, Emma Thomasson, Edmund Blair Organizations: Ramstein Air Base, Madelyn, . Air Force, REUTERS GENEVA, Food Programme, WFP, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Germany, Asia, Pacific
UN appeals for funds to fight hunger in Myanmar
  + stars: | 2021-08-06 | by ( Doyinsola Oladipo | )   time to read: +1 min
A woman cooks at a food stall with posters against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 16, 2021. "We have seen hunger spreading further and deeper in Myanmar," WFP Myanmar Country Director Stephen Anderson said in the statement. The world's largest humanitarian organization estimated that 6.3 million people in Myanmar could face food insecurity in the next six months, up from 2.8 million before the military takeover in February. "It is critically important for us to be able to access ... all those in need and receive the funding needed to provide them with humanitarian assistance," Anderson said. Reporting by Doyinsola Oladipo; Editing by Daphne PsaledakisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, Aung, Suu Kyi, Stephen Anderson, Anderson, Doyinsola Oladipo, Daphne Psaledakis Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, WFP, Myanmar, Thomson Locations: Yangon, Myanmar, Suu
Members of Amhara Special Forces stand guard along a street in Humera town, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 14 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Wednesday it will go on the offensive against forces from the neighbouring Tigray region, as advancing Tigrayans bear down on Amhara-held territory, potentially opening a major new phase in Ethiopia's civil war. A spokesman for the Amhara regional government said the authorities there were rallying their own forces for a counter-attack against Tigrayans. "The regional government has now transitioned from defensive to an offensive," Amhara spokesperson Gizachew Muluneh was quoted as saying by the region's state-run Amhara Media Corporation. On Tuesday the National Movement of Amhara, a major regional political party, called on irregular volunteer militia - known as Fano - to mobilise.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Tigrayans, Mai Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, Tigrayans, Amhara Media Corporation, National Movement of Amhara, Alamata, Reuters, UN, Food Programme, Ethiopian, WFP, Thomson Locations: Humera town, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Amhara, Fano, Western Tigray, Mekelle, Nairobi
REUTERS/Daniel Acker/File PhotoLONDON, July 12 (Reuters) - World hunger and malnutrition levels worsened dramatically last year, with most of the increase likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a multi-agency United Nations (U.N.) report published on Monday. Authored by U.N. agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the report is the first comprehensive assessment of food insecurity and nutrition since the pandemic emerged. No region of the world has been spared," the U.N. agencies said in a joint statement. There is increased diplomatic momentum this year to tackle hunger and malnutrition with upcoming summits like the U.N. Food Systems Summit and the Nutrition for Growth Summit. Of the 768 million undernourished people, 418 million were in Asia, 282 million in Africa and 60 million in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Persons: Daniel Acker, Arif Husain, Maytaal Angel, Hugh Lawson Organizations: Centers, REUTERS, United Nations, U.N, Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Food Programme, World Health Organisation, WHO, Food Security, Nutrition, . Food Systems, Growth, Thomson Locations: Chicago , Illinois, U.S, Asia, Africa, America, Caribbean
A boy touches food displayed on a bed for a photo at his house in Barquisimeto, Venezuela November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File PhotoJuly 7 (Reuters) - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday it had begun distributing school meals to children in Venezuela, where some 7 million people require humanitarian assistance after years of economic collapse in the once-prosperous OPEC nation. Some 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations. WFP aims to feed some 185,000 children by the end of the year, 850,000 by July 2022 and 1.5 million by 2023. Reporting by Vivian Sequera Writing by Luc Cohen Editing by Jonathan OatisOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Susana Rico, Rico, Nicolas Maduro, Vivian Sequera, Luc Cohen, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: REUTERS, Food Programme, Venezuelan, WFP, United Nations, Andres Bello Catholic University, Thomson Locations: Barquisimeto, Venezuela, OPEC, Falcon
(CNN) Food and fuel is running out in the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, a CNN producer on the ground in Mekelle reports. A communications blackout in the region, in place since Ethiopian forces withdrew and announced a unilateral ceasefire last week, has made it difficult to determine the situation in Tigray and its capital Mekelle. But on Saturday, CNN was able to reach its producer on the ground who reports a blockade on Tigray by Ethiopian forces has been ongoing since June 25. There has been a full services blackout there -- power, phone, internet -- for nearly a week, CNN's producer reports. A destroyed bridge crossing the Tekeze River is seen in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia Thursday, July 1.
Persons: Stéphane Dujarric, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Amhara, UN, Food Programme Locations: Tigray, Mekelle, Ethiopia
The World Food Programme (WFP) Executive director David Beasley attends a news conference on the food security in Yemen at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoNAIROBI, June 23 (Reuters) - Communities in Madagascar are on the verge of starvation, with women and children walking for hours to reach food after the worst drought in four decades devastated the south of the island, the World Food Programme said. Acute malnutrition has almost doubled over the last four months, the WFP said, with more than a quarter of people suffering in one area. "There have been back-to-back droughts in Madagascar which have pushed communities right to the very edge of starvation. Our life is all about looking for cactus leaves again and again to survive," she said.
Persons: David Beasley, Denis Balibouse, they'd, Beasley, Bole, Omar Mohammed, Alison Williams Organizations: Food Programme, United Nations, REUTERS, Food, WFP, Thomson Locations: Yemen, Geneva, Switzerland, NAIROBI, Madagascar, Ambiriky
(CNN) Climate change is the driving force of a developing food crisis in southern Madagascar, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has warned. The African island has been plagued with back-to-back droughts -- its worst in four decades -- which have pushed 1.14 million people " right to the very edge of starvation ," said WFP executive director David Beasley in a news release Wednesday. This is not because of war or conflict, this is because of climate change. This is an area of the world that has contributed nothing to climate change, but now, they're the ones paying the highest price. Thousands in southern Madagascar have left their homes in search of food, while those who remain are resorting to extreme measures such as foraging for wild food to survive, the WFP said.
Persons: David Beasley, they'd, Beasley, Read Organizations: CNN, Food Programme Locations: Madagascar
U.N. agency says 41 million on verge of famine
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Maytaal Angel | )   time to read: +2 min
Workers prepare foodstuff for beneficiaries at a food distribution center supported by the World Food Program in Sanaa, Yemen June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah//File PhotoLONDON, June 22 (Reuters) - Some 41 million people worldwide are at at imminent risk of famine, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday, saying soaring prices for basic foods were compounding existing pressures on food security. Another half a million are already experiencing famine-like conditions, said the WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley. In 2019, 27 million people were on the brink of famine, according to the WFP, but since 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has been added to the mix. World food prices rose in May to their highest levels in a decade, U.N. figures show, with basics like cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar up a combined 40% versus year ago levels.
Persons: Khaled Abdullah, David Beasley, Beasley, Maytaal, John Stonestreet Organizations: World Food, REUTERS, United Nations, Food Programme, WFP, Thomson Locations: Sanaa, Yemen, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sudan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Madagascar, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Somalia
US officials estimate that as many as 1.25 million people live in areas humanitarian workers cannot access. Between March 27 and May 5, the government, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners provided food aid to more than 1.2 million people in 32 districts. Humanitarian workers say famine could have already arrived there and they would have no way of knowing. "We are seeing a trend towards more restricted humanitarian access in Tigray," a spokesperson told CNN. CNN reported Wednesday that Eritrean troops, in coordination with Ethiopian forces, had once more closed off key aid routes in central Tigray.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Stephane Dujarric, hadn't, we're, Thomas Thompson, Tigray's Abiy, Emily Dakin, Meskel Organizations: CNN, United Nations, Ethiopian, UN, Food Programme, Eritrean, Axum University, Referral Hospital, USAID, World Peace Foundation, Emergency, Tigray's, US Agency for International Development Locations: Tigray, Tigray's, Dujarric, Mekelle, Axum, Chila, Hawzen, Ethiopia, Samre, Mekele
The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) and Venezuelan officials said on Monday they had reached a deal to supply food to school children in the South American country suffering a humanitarian crisis spurred by an economic collapse. Humanitarian aid groups have long pushed for Maduro's government to allow the WFP to distribute food aid in Venezuela. The political opposition accuses Maduro's government, which it calls a dictatorship, of conditioning state food assistance on political loyalty, a claim Maduro denies. An earlier WFP statement had said schools were the "most appropriate platform" to "reach communities in an independent manner." The agreement was widely applauded by Venezuelan aid workers and activists.
Persons: Nicolas Maduro, David Beasley, Maduro, Maduro's, Beasley, Feliciano Reyna Organizations: United Nations, Food Programme, Food, WFP, Accion, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Venezuela, Miraflores, Caracas
GENEVA (Reuters) -Almost one million people are facing severe hunger in northern Mozambique where hundreds of thousands have fled worsening Islamist violence, the U.N. food agency said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Emidio JozineIslamic State-linked insurgents last month attacked Palma, a town in the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado next to major gas projects under development by companies including Total and Exxon. The World Food Programme (WFP) said in a briefing in Geneva that 950,000 people are now hungry in Mozambique. Another 16,500 have since been registered in other areas of Cabo Delgado after fleeing the attack in Palma, according to the International Organization for Migration. Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction said on Monday it also needs 7 billion meticais ($126 million) to help those fleeing violence in Cabo Delgado, according to Portugal’s state news agency Lusa.
Persons: Palma, Cabo Delgado, , Tomson Phiri, Manuel Fontaine Organizations: Islamic, REUTERS, Total, Exxon, Food Programme, International Organization for Migration, Monday, Reuters, Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Risk, Authorities Locations: GENEVA, Mozambique, Islamic State, Palma, Pemba, Islamic, Cabo, Geneva, Northern Mozambique, , Cabo Delgado
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