The Egypt Food Security Research Project is a year-long collaborative research project, administered by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt (BFCE)  and the University of Utah, that aims at fostering scholarly exchange on issues related to food security and water resource management.  The goal of this research project is to enhance long-term capacity building and improving conditions in the fields of food security and water management in semi-arid climates (similar to Egypt’s climate and the Mountain West climates  of the U.S.).  The selected team consisting of four Fulbright Alumni (two Egyptians and two Americans) led by an American Principal Investigator (PI) and an Egyptian Consultant are working together to accomplish the following:

  • Identify topics that are relevant to Egypt’s immediate and long-term food production needs,
  • Research solutions and make recommendations,
  • Engage partners,
  • Conduct meetings in Utah and Egypt
  • Present outcomes at a final conference in Cairo in the summer of 2020.
  • Disseminate outcomes

EFSP Team:

Dr. Steven Burian:

Dr. Burian is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah and the Director of the University of Utah Water Center. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) on the project and will host the first meeting of the group in Utah.

Dr. Ali Shams:

Dr. Shams El Din is a Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and the Former President of Benha University. He is also Former Cultural Attache at the Egyptian Embassy in the UK. He is serving as the in-country advisor on the project.

The Four alumni team members in alphabetical order are:

Dr. Lal Almas: 

Dr. Almas is a Professor of Agribusiness. He studied Veterinary Medicine and Economics and is currently the Associate Dean of Agriculture and Natural Science at the West Texas A&M. He received a Fulbright grant in 2011-2012 in Azerbaijan.

Dr. Mohamed Elsayed: 

Dr. El-Sayed is a Chemist by training who serves as Senior Researcher in soil and water at the Environmental Research Institute of the Agricultural Research Center in Egypt. He went on a Fulbright grant to South Dakota State University in 2014-15.

Dr. Mohamed Hazman:

Dr. Hazman studied Plant Biology. He is a Senior Researcher at the Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute of the Agriculture Research Center in Egypt. He went on a Fulbright grant to Penn State in 2017-18.

Dr. Mike McFarland

Dr. Mcfarland studied Chemical and Agricultural Engineering. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Cache Environmental Laboratories in Logan, Utah. He received a Fulbright grant in 2017-2018 to the Dominican Republic.

Project Activities and Timeline: (February 2019 – August 2020)

February – June 2019 Announcement, application and selection
July – August 2019 Pre-Departure arrangements
September 2019 First group meeting in the U.S.

2-week residency at the University of Utah for the two Egyptian project participants

October 2019 – February 2020 Ongoing virtual collaborative research
March 2020 Mid-Project Visits to Egyptian Institutions
April – June 2020 Ongoing virtual collaborative research
July 2020 Final Conference in Cairo
August 2020 Dissemination of outcomes and all project reports

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Contact Information

Email: efsp@bfce.eun.eg
Tel: (202) 33359717 / 33365300 / 33357978 ext. 138
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