The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)


Who are they?

Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding the natural environment, supporting the UK’s world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.


Research and analysis provides evidence for decision-making, ensuring Defra’s polices are based on a sound, comprehensive understanding of current evidence. It helps Defra find new policy solutions and identify and tackle future issues. Defra uses the term ‘evidence’ to encompass material from a variety of disciplines – science research, statistics, economics, social research or operational research, and geographical information and it uses a variety of quality assurance processes to ensure policy making is supported by up-to-date and robust evidence.


How are they involved in SUSFOOD?

Defra has been deeply involved supporting the SUSFOOD since its inception, contributing to shape its direction of travel and objectives and taking active part supporting the UK’s research organisations participating in SUSFOOD projects. These include the SUSDIET and Berrypom projects carried out as part of SUSFOOD and Mefproc and Improve projects in SUSFOOD2. Defra continues its engagement with SUSFOOD through participation in the new SUSFOOD-Core Organics Joint Call for transnational research within the area of sustainable food systems.


Who is involved in SUSFOOD2: Victor Aguilera