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

Foodborne toxoplasmosis: a study of retail meat

Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that impacts human and animal health worldwide.

  • Healthier Foods
  • Agriculture
  • Plant and Animal Health

Does protected area status prevent biodiversity decline in plant communities?

Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth and is important to most aspects of our lives.

  • Climate and the Environment

Developing a novel vaccine to protect sheep from chlamydial abortion

The bacterial pathogen Chlamydia abortus is responsible for causing the disease ovine enzootic abortion (OEA), also known as enzootic abortion of ewes (EAE).

  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Animal Health & Welfare

Biosecurity, sustainable livestock parasite control and messaging

Roundworms and sheep scab mites are common throughout the UK and threaten the health, welfare and productivity of grazing livestock.

  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Rural Economy
  • Animal Health & Welfare


10 Jun 2024

Carbon neutrality requirements may bring vertical collaboration to the pig supply chain

Collaboration amongst partners in an agri-food supply chain can bring benefits for its members and boost the chain competitiveness. However, often such collaboration needs an incentive to motivate change.

3 Jun 2024

Informing Scotland's Rural Delivery Plan and Rural Lens

In December 2022, Mairi Gougeon, (then) Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands and Kate Forbes (then) Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, committed to ap


6 Jun 2024

Specialist Advisory Group: Call for experts to work with Scottish Government - RESAS in addressing the issues and challenges to the circular economy as posed by Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

SEFARI Gateway Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Specialist Advisory Groups (SAGs) are interdisciplinary partnerships that respond to cross-cutting priority issues at appropriate scales and pace.

20 May 2024

Funding Call: SEFARI Fellowship to Support the Development of a Scottish Agriculture Knowledge Innovation System

SEFARI Gateway is delighted to provide support for a new Fellowship with Scottish Government. We are seeking an individual researcher or small team of researchers who can contribute to the next phase of development for a Scottish Agriculture Knowledge Innovation System (AKIS).  


18 Sep 2024

A3 Scotland 2024

This not-for-profit conference for the Aquaculture, Agritech and Animal Health (AAA) sectors, brings together industry, investors, scientists and government officials from all over the world.


2 Jul 2024

Arable Scotland 2024

Scotland's premier arable event, featuring talks and trade stands focussing on knowledge and solutions for the arable industry.

21 Jun 2024

Royal Highland Show 2024

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.

12 Jun 2024

Mobility Patterns of Young People in Rural Contexts

Youth migration patterns in rural communities remain a significant concern, with increasing levels of youth retention, in-migration, and return being seen as key to longer-term population sustainability.