The sustainable management of water in agriculture: and OECD perspective


Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 25 August 2009


Seminar Room 4, Crawford School of Public Policy, #132 Lennox Crossing, ANU


Wilfred Legg


Hannah McInnes
02 61255559
Agriculture is the major consumer of water. To meet the increasing demands on scarce water supplies in the future from agriculture, industry and households, while conserving aquatic ecosystems, significant advances in raising water use efficiency will be necessary. Policies and institutions play a vital role in the allocation of water among competing users, through their influence on quantities supplied and prices charged. Morever, agricultural policies also indirectly affect the amount of water used in agriculture. The OECD is undertaking major policy studies on both water quantity and quality in agriculture. The aim is to identify the characteristics of policies that will contribute to the sustainable management of water in agriculture.

Dr Wilfrid Legg is Head of the Agricultural Policies and Environment Division in the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate, where he has worked since 1981, following a research fellowship in Sussex University. His main areas of interest are in agri-environmental policy analysis and the measurement and evaluation of agricultural policies, using the internationally recognised Producer Support Estimates, which he helped to develop. He was educated at the Universities of London, Leicester and Reading. He was President of the Agricultural Economics Society in 2003-4 and is a contributor to numerous OECD agricultural and agri-environmental policy publications, articles in the OECD Observer, EuroChoices and the Journal of Agricultural Economics.

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