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

Food Reformulation: Making Processed Foods Healthier

This article we will explain some some of the ways we are incorporating healthy ingredients from a variety of sources into recipes to develop novel formulations of foods.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods

Science and Innovation:The Nutrients for Growing a UK Blueberry Industry

Blueberries have gained in popularity amongst UK consumers. Currently UK blueberries supply only 5% of demand and there is a huge opportunity to increase home grown supply. 

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods
  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Rural Economy

Protein for Life – Developing food opportunities for a healthy, ageing population

'Protein for Life' is designed to identify and develop guidelines for protein products for healthy ageing (living a better, longer life) that are cost effective, sustainable and enjoyable.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods

Make Innovation Happen: Helping Food and Drink Businesses Succeed

SEFARI is an important partner in ‘Make Innovation Happen’, which is an initiative coordinated by the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Rural Economy


13 Jun 2018

A One-stop Shop Helping Safeguard Scotland Against Plant Health Threats

We are pleased that Professor Ian Toth, Head of the Plant Health Centre, is able to tell us more about this new virtual centre and why working together is crucial for enhancing Scotland's resilience in the face of threats to arable crops, trees, horticulture, and wild plants.

29 May 2018

Show(case), not just tell...

We are pleased that Annemarie Gibson of Circamedia, an Edinburgh-based film and multimedia production company, has provided us with some insights into what excited her whilst learning about SEFARI research and ultimately telling our story on film.


20 Jun 2018

Making a Difference

A new publication showcasing the world-leading research of Scotland’s Rural College is available online.

19 Jun 2018

Videos launched in fight against the spread of African Swine Fever

Following the two most recent outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic and Hungary the Scottish Government has produced two videos directed to pig producers and pet pig owners.


5 Jul 2018

Cereals in Practice 2018

Cereals in Practice is a unique annual showcase of variety trials and research organised by the James Hutton InstituteSRUC (Scotland's Rural College) and the 

12 Jul 2018

Soil Association Scotland’s Future Farming Conference - Common problems, new solutions

Farming is full of challenges and opportunities, now more than ever. As the Soil Association's three-year, award-winning Future Farming Scotland programme draws to a close, join them for a practical day hearing and discussing how farmers are making changes to meet these challenges, and be part of the design of their

19 Jul 2018

Fruit for the Future 2018

Fruit for the Future is one of the James Hutton Institute’s most successful and long-running industry events and is aimed at farmers, agronomists, representatives of the food and drink industries, scientists and others interested in soft fruit.

9 Aug 2018

Potatoes in Practice 2018

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



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Really good start to #HighlandShow talking to the lovely people at #WomenInAgTaskForce this morning


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@CaritasClinical @ScotlandRHShow We will come to our event at 11-12 in the Scottish Government Pavilion today if you're free, lots of the team will be there to chat