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“It is not the strongest of the species who survive, nor the most intelligent; rather it is those most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin


The Defra Horizon Scanning and Futures team is part of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. We offer a range of futures related products and services to selected customers within and beyond our department. These include: regular horizon scanning newsletters; futures and trend reports; advice on futures related strategy, risk and policy question; in-house futures training; and topic specific workshops.

Our goal is to enable Defra to stay resilient over time and to meet the needs of Government and society, by identifying:

  • RISKS, and preparing for them to future-proof our policies; and
  • OPPORTUNITIES to foster innovation, where this might help our strategic objectives.

Defra Horizon Scanning Newsletter

Our products include a monthly horizon scanning newsletter. The newsletter covers new insights and emerging issues from a range of topic areas relevant to Defra and its customers. Insights include anything from shifts in consumer attitudes and developments in food and farming, to trends in technology, energy and resources.

The latest issue of our newsletter can be downloaded here:
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If you would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list , or require any further information, please contact us via the details below:

Page last updated : 09 June 2005