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

Ecosystem resilience – woodland establishment on heather moorland and carbon budgets

Woodland expansion is a key part of the Scottish and Westminster Governments’ plans to meet net zero carbon emission targets by 2045 and 2050 respectively.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities

Should we graze the uplands of Scotland?

The continued grazing of the uplands is contentious as the goals of rewilding and farming/crofting often appear in conflict.

  • Agriculture
  • Climate and the Environment

What is the cost of soil erosion in Scotland?

Sustainable soil management is a key component of several Scottish Government policies, including the Land Use Strategy

  • Agriculture
  • Rural Economy
  • Climate and the Environment

Making Green Infrastructure Socially Inclusive: Principles and Challenges

Green Infrastructure consists of interconnected multifunctional green spaces and green features.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities
  • Rural Economy

Blog

27 Mar 2021

Five SEFARI Research Farms - take a tour from your sofa

With the pandemic turning our lives upside down, the use of digital communication has accelerated overnight. Webinars, Teams meetings, Digital classrooms, Virtual brainstorming boards, to name but a few. They have all helped in keeping us connected from the safety of our own homes.

22 Mar 2021

Protecting water catchments from zoonotic Cryptosporidium parasites

The protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium is a significant cause of diarrhoeal disease in humans and animals in UK and many other countries across the world.

News

10 May 2021

Sir Paul Grice appointed to James Hutton Institute Board

"Sir Paul Grice brings new and strategically-important insights, skills and knowledge to the Board that will contribute towards keeping Hutton and its work focused on delivering the greatest impact."

3 May 2021

Fascination of Plants Day: become a plant scientist for a day

"This year there is truly something for everyone; be sure to keep an eye on plantday18may.org for more updates and details."

Events

1 Nov 2021

UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

12 Aug 2021

Potatoes in Practice 2021

Potatoes in Practice is the largest filed-based potato event in the UK.

5 Jul 2021

Food & Drink Expo

One of the UK’s largest and most well-respected food and drink focused trade exhibitions, Food & Drink Expo is a biennial event for the grocery, food service, wholesale, manufacturing and speciality retail markets.

 

29 Jun 2021

Arable Scotland 2021

Arable Scotland seeks to bring together those working in food production, from farmers to distillers and exporters, to demonstrate and discuss key industry issues such as innovative and sustainable farming.

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