Matt Berkley (not verified)

October 10, 2012

Dear Professor Basu,

Perhaps I might ask similar questions on your own approaches to data.

A first two could be the following:

Will the Bank make clear to recipients of statements about global poverty whether it has estimated food needs per person?

The FAO, in contrast to the Bank, made such estimates from the start of MDG monitoring, to adjust survey data (from the same surveys used by the Bank) for increasing food need per person as birth rates fell. The discrepancy may provide a partial explanation for the difference in reported MDG indicator trends.

Secondly, will the Bank make clear to recipients, including politicians, of statements on global poverty since 1990 whether it has estimates for initial prices faced by the poor?

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Matt Berkley.