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

Small, but Mighty: Understanding animal disease using miniature lab-grown organs

Infectious diseases have a major impact on the welfare and productivity of animals raised for food production worldwide.

  • Agriculture
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Animal Health & Welfare

Food system disruptions and food insecurity in Scotland: learning from food support workers

There is significant food insecurity in Scotland and to tackle it, the Scottish Government has published Cash-First

  • Land and Communities
  • Food; Healthier Foods

Making silk purses out of sows’ ears – challenges facing a Scottish pig farmer

Scotland’s pork sector is under financial pressure. One way to address this could be to increase the value added to Scottish pork.

  • Agriculture
  • Rural Economy

Consumers’ willingness to pay for Specially Selected Pork

Scotland’s pork sector is under financial pressure. One way to address this could be to increase the value added to Scottish pork.

  • Animal Health & Welfare


21 Nov 2023

F5 Future Food, Fisheries, Farming and Forestry Conference

The Scottish Government aims to become a global leader in sustainable agriculture, deliver high quality, nutritious food while minimizing impact on climate and our environment.

26 Sep 2023

Everyday Circularity: Researching behaviours and business practices in the transition to a Circular Economy

Overconsumption and high levels of resource use are challenges contributing significantly to the climate and biodiversity crises.



28 Feb 2024

Scotland Europe Initiative Workshop: Agriculture

The workshop focuses on the effects of Brexit on the Agriculture and Food Sector in Scotland and marks the 11th event in a series under the RSE’s Scotland – Europe Initiative, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh's Europa Institute.



8 months ago

RT @philip_skuce: Get the feeling you're being watched? Great to be back up @VAntolovi, saw & heard osprey, lapwing, curlew, oyster catcher, meadow pipit & skylark, even found a few Galba snails, maybe need an app for those too?! 👍🐌🐦😎@MoredunComms @SEFARIscot


8 months ago

RT @AgroEcoAtJHI: @JamesHuttonInst @HuttonSEGS would love to hear farmer's opinions on Bere (heritage barley). Insights will direct efforts on #cropdiversification, #shortvaluechains, and #foodculture. Thanks for your support! @SEFARIscot, @Econutri30, @eu_radiant, @scotlandbread, @ScotSeedSov