Less than three weeks after SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk suggested that he and other billionaires are powerless to help the tens of millions of people across the globe who are suffering from hunger—and dared experts to prove him wrong—the executive director of the World Food Program did just that, providing a detailed proposal for how Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and other billionaires could prevent 42 million people from starving with a tiny fraction of their vast wealth.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nDavid Beasley called on Musk to look at the United Nations agency\u0026#039;s \u0022one-time appeal to billionaires\u0022 for $6.6 billion, which the WFP says could save 42 million people from starvation in 2022.\r\n\r\n\u0022While there\u0026#039;s $400 trillion of wealth in the world today, shame on us that we let a single child die of hunger.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022Elon Musk, you asked for a clear plan and open books,\u0022 tweeted Beasley on Monday. \u0022Here it is! We\u0026#039;re ready to talk with you—and anyone else who is serious about saving lives.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nUnder the proposal, $3.5 billion would be used to purchase, deliver, and store food for people across 43 countries, and $2 billion would go towards cash and food vouchers, supporting local economies and helping \u0022those most in need to buy the food of their choice.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nFor only $700 million, Musk and other billionaires could pay to design and manage \u0022the implementation of efficient and effective programs for millions of tons more food and cash transfers and vouchers,\u0022 and $400 million would go towards long-term global and regional operations management including \u0022coordination of global supply lines and aviation routes... global monitoring and analysis of hunger worldwide; and risk management and independent auditors dedicated to oversight.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022The $6.6 billion required would help those in most need in the following way: one meal a day, the basic needed to survive—costing $0.43 per person per day, averaged out across the 43 countries,\u0022 reads the WFP\u0026#039;s plan. \u0022This would feed 42 million people for one year, and avert the risk of famine.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nAs Common Dreams reported last month, when Beasley first appealed to the exorbitantly wealthy few, the cost of staving off the global hunger crisis amounts to 0.36% of the wealth amassed by U.S. billionaires since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. \r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022This hunger crisis is urgent, unprecedented, AND avoidable,\u0022 tweeted Beasley on Monday.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMusk, whose net worth is estimated at more than $276 billion, scoffed at Beasley\u0026#039;s original plea last month, demanding that the WFP give a full accounting of how $6.6 billion could prevent famine and what the agency would do with the money.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022As for getting hung up on the marginal costs of a little wrongdoing here and there, maybe ask yourself how much that compares to the waste at your own company,\u0022 retorted Disney heiress and economic justice advocate Abigail Disney, adding, \u0022I’m happy to help if you want to do this for real.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nBeasley\u0026#039;s appeal comes amid reports that the number of people on the brink of famine has risen from 42 million to 45 million in less than a year, with Afghanistan the primary source of the increase. With the global community withholding aid funds following the Taliban\u0026#039;s takeover, 60% of the Afghan population is suffering from acute hunger, and 3.2 million children under the age of five in Afghanistan are expected to face severe malnutrition by the end of the year. \r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nMadagascar is also on the brink of the world\u0026#039;s first famine driven almost entirely by the climate crisis.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nAlong with Yemen, Sudan, and South Sudan, the five countries account for 20 million people who are facing starvation.\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022The world is on fire,\u0022 said Beasley on Monday. \u0022I\u0026#039;ve been warning about the perfect storm brewing due to Covid, conflict, climate shocks, and now, rising supply chain costs. IT IS HERE.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\n\u0022While there\u0026#039;s $400 trillion of wealth in the world today, shame on us that we let a single child die of hunger,\u0022 tweeted Beasley.