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

Modelling the effect of social networks in reducing meat consumption

Our food consumption is guided by perceive norms and the food choices of others around us.

  • Healthier Foods
  • Climate and the Environment

Protein for Life – Supporting healthy ageing in partnership with the food sector

Protein intake is insufficient among middle-aged and older adults in the UK, and this insufficiency is a major contributor to ill health and disability.

  • Food & Drink Innovation
  • Healthier Foods

Nematodirus battus: Is it likely to spiral out of control?

Farming practices are evolving in response to intensification, diversification and climate change.

  • Plant and Animal Health
  • Agriculture

Not all roots are equal – so what?

Soil is, and always will be, a very valuable resource.

  • Climate and the Environment
  • Land and Communities
  • Agriculture


22 Jun 2020

Educational Activity: Become a Bug Hotel Builder!

As part of a series of educational materials being released by SEFARI, this blog offers an outdoor and active learning activity, whilst helping the environment too.

11 Jun 2020

Food for thought – exploring the food-gut-brain axis in Alzheimer’s disease

The research discussed in this blog is part of a programme of work to assess the role of dietary components in a healthy diet for an ageing population, particularly effects on mental and intestinal health.


8 Jul 2020

Fruit for the Future 2020: all-new and virtual format

“We are delighted to present a new format for Fruit for the Future, which we hope will make it possible for even more people to engage with the latest research and development on soft fruit, and that it can collectively be used as a focal point to meet and interact in a virtual way.”

29 Jun 2020

Fast-maturing, resilient potatoes in Hutton researchers’ sights

“Understanding the mechanism of tuber initiation in potato provides a new strategy to increase yields of a crop that is absolutely pivotal for global food security.”


21 Apr 2021

A3 SCOTLAND Conference

A3 Scotland is an inaugral not-for-profit conference for the Animal Health, Agritech and Aquaculture (AAA) sectors to encourage innovation, investment and collaboration.

12 Apr 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.


30 Oct 2020

6th World One Health Congress

Bridging One Health Science and Global Health Security Policy.

2 Jul 2020

Arable Scotland

Arable Scotland - Online

Now in its second year, Arable Scotland aims to bring together the key players in food production from farmers to distillers and exporters to demonstrate and discuss key industry issues such as innovative and sustainable farming.




7 hours ago

RT @rowett_abdn: The @NutritionSoc live 2020 starts tomorrow. Professor Mirela Delibegovic @mdelibeg & Dr Syliva Duncan @SHDuncan1 are both…


3 days ago

RT @SEFARIscot: 1/ 🔥Hot off the (digital) press!🔥 The latest booklet in our #LeadingIdeas series is on #soil. The booklet highlights some f…