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Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting the UK's world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Its broad remit means it plays a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

Purpose: To unleash the economic potential of food and farming, nature and the countryside, champion the environment and provide security against floods, animal and plant diseases and other hazards.

Priorities: • Cleaner, healthier environment, benefiting people and the economy • World-leading food and farming industry • Thriving rural economy, contributing to national prosperity and wellbeing • A nation better-protected against floods, animal and plant diseases and other hazards, with strong response and recovery capabilities • Excellent delivery on time and to budget and with outstanding value-for-money • Continually striving to be the best, focussed on outcomes and constantly challenging itself