SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes

SEFARI aims to deliver ‘Leading Ideas for Better Lives’, reflecting that publicly funded research in Scotland must ultimately deliver positive impact for individuals, whether in Scotland or elsewhere.

As a collective, we collaborate to deliver the Scottish Government funded Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021 on agriculture, environment, food and land.

Case Studies

Reflecting on Islands Revival and Introducing Research on the Edge

2019 was an important year for Scotland's islands, with the development of The National Islands Plan, an increased focus on

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy

Tail biting in pigs: developing a machine vision early warning system for farmers

Tail biting affects growing pigs in Scotland and around the world and has no simple solution.

  • Plant and Animal Health

Developing a"Genetic Scorecard": A World-first for Scotland

The following case study summarises a SEFARI Think Tank involving the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and Scottish Natural Heritage.

  • Climate and the Environment; Science Education
  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Science Education
  • Food & Drink Innovation

Connecting research and management needs for the Cairngorms National Park

The following case study summarises work delivered as part of a recent SEFARI Fellowship with the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Climate and the Environment


4 Feb 2020

Innovative New Tool: Food swapping for healthier and more sustainable diets

Despite national dietary guidelines, our typical diet still contains too many calories, saturated fat, salt and sugar, whilst having insufficient amounts of fibre, fruits, vegetables and fish.


25 Feb 2020

Arable Scotland 2020 to tackle key industry challenges

"Sustainability and the twin issues of climate and biodiversity set the scene but solutions will be the focus of the day" By Professor Fiona Burnett, Co-chair, Arable Scotland More information from: 

24 Feb 2020

Hutton scientist awarded grant to explore genetic pathway to better barley

"This research will help demonstrate the first known mechanism controlling recombination in barley and promises to reveal a new way to influence the breeding of large genome crops"


31 Mar 2020

Make Space for Nature

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) are holding a series of events to showcase work to improve Scotland’s nature and highlight the pressures facing our habitats and species.

30 Mar 2020

Food & Drink Expo 2020

One of the UK’s largest and most well-respected food and drink focused trade exhibitions, Food & Drink Expo is a biennial event for the grocery, food service, wholesale, manufacturing and speciality retail markets.

12 Mar 2020

Scotland’s Plant Health Conference

Scotland’s Plant Health Conference is a joint event between the Scottish Government, Scotland’s Plant Health Centre, SNH, HTA and Scottish Forestry. The conference will take place on Thursday 12th March 2020 at Novotel Edinburgh Park.

16 Jan 2020

Pigs and Poultry - Optimising Production

The event will showcase new developments in vaccine development, animal welfare and nutrition which underpin sustainable production in the pig and poultry sectors.



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RT @rowettSEFARIju1: What a great day is ahead of us at the Scottish Life Sciences Summit 2020 @rowett_abdn @aberdeenuni @thetimes @thesund


1 day ago

Only just over a month to #FDE2020 - One of the UK's largest and most well-respected food and drink focused trade exhibitions - We're looking forward to sharing our #LeadingIdeas, come and visit us at Stand DD226