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Food Farming and Rural Affairs


FFRATV is one of eighteen Rural & Farming Networks covering England, bringing together people from rural communities, rural businesses, environmental interests and the food and farming industries. They make a direct link between rural areas and the Government, creating new opportunities to develop better and more targeted policy.


The aim is to maximise the potential of the rural economy within Tees Valley by improved communication and collaboration to assist in identifying opportunities, raising issues and concerns which can be addressed directly with Government and within the Tees Valley region itself.


The purpose of FFRATV is to provide an overview of rural issues to enable rural communities to become more efficient and sustainable, socially, economically and environmentally. It acts as a vehicle within which to develop an Economic Strategy for the Tees Valley, to bring forward new and innovative projects that can help grow the Rural Economy and to ensure rural issues are considered in policy development. This can be achieved through enabling stakeholders to contribute into the local, national and European agenda.


FFRATV’s objectives are to provide a flexible two way forum to receive intelligence on local issues and concerns and to be the voice for Tees Valley on all rural interests. The Network offers a direct channel of communication between DEFRA and rural stakeholders and delivery organisations. The Network will seek to influence policy and access funding for the benefit of those living and working in the rural areas of the Tees Valley.


Key partners are Tees Valley Unlimited (the Local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley), and the Unitary Authorities of Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool, Darlington and Stockton on Tees. We are also building strong links with rural businesses, rural institutions, Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Recent Work

The Tees Valley Rural Economic Strategy

As part of our input to the European Structural & Investment Fund Strategy (ESFIS) we have consulted upon and written a strategy for the development of the rural economy of the Tees Valley. The priorities identified in this have been incorporated in the rural cross cutting theme of the ESFIS and we have continued to support its development through Task & Finish groups on specific elements of the strategy.

Rural Broadband

We have been working towards achieving superfast broadband for the rural areas of the Tees Valley. The current position is that a full application was submitted at the end of February 2014 and we are awaiting a decision by DEFRA as to whether we have been successful. The application is for around £1.3m and will bring coverage up to around 94% of the region.

People involved in this project

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