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

Environmental Indicators: Nature Showing Us the Bigger Picture

The Scottish Government is currently responding to a multitude of grand and complex environmental challenges, such as biodiversity loss and climate change.

  • Climate and the Environment

Peatbog restoration in Scotland – How to care for Cinderella

In this project we looked at what makes people care about peatland restoration.

  • Climate and the Environment

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


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.


27 Mar 2020

Delivering food security and health for East Africa through resilient potatoes

"Within this project, we aim to identify climate-resilient and disease-resistant potato varieties tailored to potato production systems in Kenya and Malawi"

23 Mar 2020

Water and the Climate Crisis: new OOSKAnews Audience session available

"Scotland's Hydro Nation Vision builds on the recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors"


31 Mar 2020

Make Space for Nature

POSTPONED - 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

POSTPONED UNTIL 7th-9th SEPTEMBER 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.



9 hours ago

RT @niaball3: Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office Covid-19 Research funding call:


10 hours ago

Hot off the digital press: the latest highlights for @SGRESAS funded research on #environment #food #agriculture 👉 SEFARI Gateway Director @BestwickC gives his thoughts on maintaining access to this vital research & expertise over the coming months 👇