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

The economic cost of animal disease: Winners and losers from Johne’s disease

SEFARI scientists, in collaboration with other research partners, provide evidence which informs the Scottish Government about the economic consequences of a

  • Agriculture
  • Rural Economy

The Fruits of Their Labour: Seasonal Farm Workers in Scottish Agriculture

Scotland’s agricultural sector relies heavily on seasonal non-UK workers, particularly from central and eastern Europe, to meet its labour demand. Despite their importance for this sector, there was a lack of detailed information about them This case study draws on findings from SRUC’s recent study, funded by the Scottish Government, which aimed to improve our understanding of the labour market in Scottish agriculture. 

  • Rural Economy

Governing Scotland’s natural resources: are our policies sufficiently joined -up?

Decisions about natural resources need to balance multiple interests and goals in order to safeguard Scotland’s economic, social and environmental prosperity

  • Climate and the Environment

Citizen Science: How to Investigate Pests and Diseases Under Climate Change

We have created a state-of-the-art, and free to download, desktop app to provide climate change risk assessments for crops pests and diseases in the UK that anyone can use.

  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment


3 Oct 2018

Bog Blog – behind the scenes of a new film about restoring our peatlands

We are pleased that Dr Rebekka Artz and Gillian Donaldson-Selby, The James Hutton Institute can share their experiences on making a new 360° film about the importance of peatland r

1 Oct 2018

Climate Change - Discussing Extreme Scenarios

This week is Climate Week, which seeks to raise awareness of the issues and highlight how Scotland is a world leader in trying to tackle climate chan


6 Nov 2018

New PhD studentship opportunities announced

Winners of our 2018 postgraduate event (c) James Hutton Institute Throughout their studies PhD students receive support and mentoring from their Institute supervisors and our Postgraduate Student Liaison Team.

31 Oct 2018

Five NFU presidents to judge NEWBIE award for innovative new entrants

"There is so much innovation occurring on new entrant farms – we hope that raising their profile this way will inspire others to join the sector and innovate."


14 Nov 2018

Science and the Parliament

We are delighted to be attending and exhibiting at the 18th annual Science and the Parliament event. This year we will be showcasing a new app called Cowtastrophy, which demonstrates how mathmatical modelling can help in the respnse to an animal disease outbreak. 

20 Nov 2018

Food Matters Live

We are delighted to be attending and exhibiting and this major food and drink event for the fourth consecutive year.

28 Nov 2018

Rewarding the Delivery of Public Goods: How to Achieve this in Practice?

We are delighted to be one of the supporters of this biannual conference, which this year looks to explore how environmental public goods can be assessed in a cost-effective and transparent way.



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RT @AHDB_Scot: Brilliant Q&A at this year's @AgriScot featuring Tom Hind @TheAHDB, Roddy McLean from RBS, Commentator Ian Potter and farmer…