Dr Gerhard Backeberg
Director: Water Utilisation in Agriculture
Dr Backeberg obtained his M.Sc.
(Agric) with distinction (1984) and his PhD (1994) at the University
of Pretoria, with specialisation in Agricultural Economics. Dr
Backeberg is currently Director for Water Utilisation in Agriculture
at the Water Research Commission, Pretoria, where he has been
involved in research leadership and project management on a range of
issues regarding agricultural water management since 1995. The
strategic focus is on improving knowledge of the biological,
technical and economic processes for efficient water use and food
production; improving knowledge for effective management of water by
people in the food value chain; improving knowledge of natural
processes and people-induced impacts of water resource use.
His career started in 1977 with the Department of Agriculture where
his research and advisory work focused on planning of irrigation
farming, feasibility studies of irrigation schemes and analysis of
irrigation policy. He has been involved in irrigation research,
advice and project management since 1981. He has published
widely in scientific journals and popular magazines, presented
papers at national and international conferences, participated in
management of professional societies and presently serves as Vice
President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
(ICID) since 2011.