Atef Swelam

Atef Swelam
Senior Scientist - Irrigation & Water Management

Dr. Atef Swelam is a senior scientist with expertise in agricultural engineering. His work focuses on sustainably intensifying and diversifying small-scale farming in large irrigation systems under changing climatic conditions to improve the livelihood and resilience of vulnerable rural communities.

He has managed regional and international water and land management projects, including the management of water and salinity in the Nile Delta. He joined ICARDA in 2009 as a water management specialist, and continues to work as a farmer. In 2015, Dr. Swelam received the Japan International Award for Young Agricultural Researchers for Technological Innovation in Agriculture.

He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the University of Zagazig in Egypt and completed a post-doctorate degree at the University of California, Davis, where he was also a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.

Atef Swelam's Publications

Digital Diffusion for Inclusive Agroecosystems
Book Chapter
November 28, 2018

The technological advancements in agriculture have resulted in higher yields but lower ecological efficiency and nutritional value. Little innovations in later sectors such as integrating ecological functions in the production systems have crippled...

Economic and food security benefits associated with raised-bed wheat production in Egypt
Returns to agricultural mechanization in Egypt: Lessons learned from innovation driven research