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

Exploring the Gender Pay Gap in Rural Scotland

This scoping study explored the extent of the gender pay gap in rural Scotland, how it has changed over recent years, and potential reasons that might explain its extent and fluctuations over time.

  • Rural Economy

The Impact of Change on Rural Businesses

Through a series of Rural Business Surveys, our research is developing a better understanding of the characteristics, contributions and aspirations of rural businesses across the South and North-East of Scotland. 

  • Rural Economy

Is the demographic tide turning for some Island Communities?

In recent months population trends in remote and Sparsely Populated Areas (SPA) of Scotland have become a political issue, not least due to fears about the likely impact of post-Brexit migration policy.

  • Rural Economy
  • Land and Communities

Barbervax®: giving blood-sucking parasitic worms a taste of their own medicine

This case study is part of a series focusing on the importance of sustained funding for fundamental and strategic research.

  • Plant and Animal Health


11 Jun 2019

Working with growers to manage the agronomic challenges to crop production

In this blog, Professor Fiona Burnett of SRUC shares her experiences of agronomy (a branch of agricultural science that deals with the study of crops and the soils in which they grow).

25 Apr 2019

Developing capacity to understand and use climate projections for Scotland

The challenge of envisioning the future climate of Scotland has been made easier due to a new set of climate change projections for the UK (UKCP18).


16 Aug 2019

Hutton water innovation up for VIBES Hydro Nation Scotland award

"We are delighted to be named as finalists of the VIBES Hydro Nation Scotland award for the efforts of our multi-disciplinary team along with other Scottish and Indian partners"

8 Aug 2019

Chinese and Scottish researchers establish collaborative links at Potatoes in Practice 2019

"It’s our expectation that this collaboration bears fruit in the near future, for the benefit of the potato sector in both UK and China.”


17 Jun 2019

Field Lab: Plant Teams. Heritage grains and crop innovation for crofters

Join us on the Isle of Lismore for a special crofting meeting of our Plant Teams field lab, looking at growing multiple crops together for better outcomes, also called intercropping.



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