The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is a Government Department in the UK.
We cover – we make policy and legislation, and work with others to deliver our policies in - areas such as:
- the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals
- sustainable development and the green economy
- food, farming and fisheries
- animal health and welfare
- environmental protection and pollution control
- rural communities and issues.
Although we only work directly in England, we work closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and we generally lead on negotiations in the EU and internationally.
- Read more about the Department, including key facts and figures
- Read more about our priorities and objectives
The Government believes that we need to protect the environment for future generations, make our economy more environmentally sustainable, and improve our quality of life and well-being. We also believe that much more needs to be done to support the farming industry, protect biodiversity and encourage sustainable food production.
Air Quality Science Policy Advisor
Chief Scientific Adviser
Chief Social Researcher
Director, Food and Farming
Deputy Director for Floods, Water and CBRN Emergencies
National Food Strategy Deputy Director
Senior Manager, Engagement | Joint Air Quality Unit | Defra/DfT
Former Lead, Climate Strategy
Chief of Staff to the Permanent Secretary
Director General for Food, Farming and Biosecurity
Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary of State
Head of Climate Adaption Policy
Policy Lead - kept animals (primates)
Interim Director General for Europe, International and Constitution Group
Deputy Director Marine Environment
Director General, Strategy and Change
Former Chief Scientific Adviser
Former Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser
Director-General, International and Borders
Head of International Chemicals and Nanotechnology