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About Defra

About Defra

Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is a Government Department in the UK.

The overarching challenge for Defra is to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper.

As we build a low carbon, resource efficient economy, Defra helps people to adapt to changes, deals with environmental risks and makes the most of the opportunity we now have to secure a sustainable society and a healthy environment. This will help see us through the difficult economic times, volatile food and energy prices and a changing climate which all make us more aware that we can’t take our environment for granted

Who are we?
Learn about Defra's Ministers and how the Department is managed and organised.

What do we do?
Defra’s strategy has been formalised in the Comprehensive Spending Review. The creation of the Department for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008 gave rise to our revised set of Public Service Agreements and Departmental Strategic Objectives.
Policy is developed by the core Department and delivered through Defra's delivery network partners, both working together.
Defra delivers its services working in partnership with our delivery network.

How do we work?
Find out more about our business planning, Departmental report and Autumn performance report, procurement and accounting procedures.

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Page last modified: 28 November 2008

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