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

Assessing the benefits of river restoration in low energy streams

Streams and rivers in farmland areas often have a degraded morphology due to straightening and run-off pollution (inputs of fine sediment, < 2 mm particle size diameter).

  • Climate and the Environment

Livestock Health and Greenhouse Gases: A SEFARI Specialist Advisory Group

A SEFARI Gateway-funded Specialist Advisory Group brought together a broad range of expertise across key industry stakeholders, Government Policy Leads and relevant SEFARI researchers to discuss livestock health and greenh

  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Climate and the Environment
  • Agriculture

Assessing the impact of different management interventions on perceived woodland benefits

The importance of ecosystems and biodiversity to human well-being is now well established as they provide benefits such as timber, pollination and coastal protection. 

  • Land and Communities
  • Climate and the Environment

Net zero opportunities to mitigate agricultural emissions in the North East of Scotland

The Scottish Government has committed to legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2045.

  • SEFARI Gateway
  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment

Blog

13 May 2022

“They seek it here, they seek it there” - studying integrated water management

In this blog, Dr Kerry Waylen, a senior researcher in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Department at the James Hutton Institute, discusses the practical difficulties in aligning approaches to protect and improve water quality and ecology alongside those for managing flood risk.

29 Apr 2022

Could a Circular Food System contribute to Nutrition Security and Sufficiency? The Bean Hull Case

With growing pressures on food resources, agricultural inputs (e.g., energy, soil, water), production costs and the environment, many of us are looking at how we can reduce food wastage whilst still ensuring we get adequate nutrition.

News

5 Aug 2022

Cheers to great barley science on International Beer Day

"Scotland has a thriving brewing scene, with a host of small breweries using local ingredients to craft beer, contributing to the country’s reputation for top quality produce"

Events

5 Sep 2022

Leading Ideas Hub - A Knowledge Exchange Training & Development Event

Free to attend, this two day event brings together a range professionals to share tips and advice on best knowledge exchange practice. Organised by SEFARI Gateway and supported by partners, this event will bring together scientists, policy advisors and stakeholders

11 Aug 2022

Potatoes in Practice 2022

Potatoes in Practice is the largest field-based potato event in the UK. The event brings together variety demonstrations, research and trade exhibits in one place - making it an essential date in the potato industry calendar.

5 Jul 2022

Arable Scotland 2022

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

23 Jun 2022

Royal Highland Show 2022

One of Scotland’s most loved outdoor agricultural events, the annual Royal Highland Show returns to celebrate its 200th anniversary highlighting the best in farming, food and rural industry across Scotland.

Twitter

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21 hours ago

RT @philip_skuce: Wee bit dreich, but great to be back up in Shetland! ☔️🌫🥶Good farmer meeting yesterday, and a v productive snail hunt today!🐌 Thanks to Sue White @nature_scot @PeatlandACTION for hosting! @MoredunComms @SEFARIscot https://t.co/cqsckzl88p

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2 days ago

Congratulations Ian, great news 👏👏👏 https://t.co/IkzYnEvtFq

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