SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutions

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 Portfolio 2022-2027 on agriculture, environment, food, land and rural communities.

Case Studies

Which habitats are at greatest risk from plant pests and pathogens?

Plant pests and pathogens can have a devastating impact not only on plant hosts but also the wider biodiversity that use the infected plant (e.g., for food, breeding and shelter).

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Plant and Animal Health

The Tarland Catchment: Monitoring landscape interventions to improve water quality, benefit riparian habitat and mitigate flooding

The Tarland Burn Catchment (~70 km2) has been studied since the year 2000 making it one of the longest running comprehensive catchment management case studies in the UK.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy

What impact does tree planting have on soil carbon storage?

Increasingly trees are being promoted as a means to increase carbon storage and hence off-set climate change.

  • Climate and the Environment

Working together to improve our understanding of inclusive growth in the Highlands and Islands

In 2020, researchers and practitioners collaborated to better understand how inclusive growth can be conceptualised and measured across a large, diverse and predominantly rural region in the north and west of Scotland.

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy


31 Jan 2023

Healthy environment, healthy milk: Explore our virtual farm tour

Fineview, a dairy farm managed by the Clark family in Dumfries and Galloway, is part of the innovative First Milk dairy cooperative which aims to deliver healthy fresh milk on sound environmental principles.

23 Nov 2022

Meet Scotland’s leaders in biodiversity conservation science

Alexandra Davey introduces a project highlighting the scientists working to combat the biodiversity crisis in Scotland and around the world – from early-career researchers right through to senior scientists.


13 Feb 2023

Specialist Advisory Call Announced - February 2023

SEFARI Gateway is excited to launch our latest Specialist Advisory Groups call across the 2022-2027 Strategic Research Portfolio.

31 Jan 2023

New report highlights strengths and benefits of strategic research

A new SEFARI report highlights from research and Knowledge Exchange during 2021-2022, and strengths and benefits of long-term strategic funding from the Scottish Government. 


22 Jun 2023

Royal Highland Show 2023

One of Scotland’s most loved outdoor agricultural events, the annual Royal Highland Show highlights the best in farming, food and rural industry across Scotland.

28 Mar 2023

BSAS Conference 2023

The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) annual conference is one of the largest animal science events in the UK. This conference offers an opportunity for scientists, academics and farmers alike to participate in engaging discussion and debate surrounding issues at the heart of the industry.

22 Mar 2023

SEFARI Gateway Training Sessions - Policy Awareness & Impact

These sessions, organised by SEFARI Gateway and led by Newsdirect, are designed to help Scottish Government Strategic Research Portfolio colleagues to raise their awareness and understanding of policy, and identify opportunities where their research can have an impact.  

16 Mar 2023

F5: Future, Food, Fisheries, Farming and Forestry

This Open Forum Event will highlight and raise awareness of different perspectives from people connected to Food, Fisheries, Farming and Forestry to articulate the key challenges and vision to new opportunities for working together to create a better future.



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RT @SRUC: What is the Digital Dairy Chain? Why are we talking about robots, sensors and data in relation to milk and cows? Lorna Pate and Stuart Martin of SRUC have the lowdown in our latest podcast episode. Listen on your favourite podcast app, or here:


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RT @JamesHuttonInst: We're hosting a #ClimatePositiveFarming taster day at #Glensaugh farm on Mar 30-31 as part of #ClimateWeek North East #CWNE23 @NESCANhub #hydrogen #biodiversity #pollination #soilhealth Be sure to sign up for our farm walk: