AGMARDT is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established by the government in 1987 with funds of $32m which have grown to nearly $90m.
The trust’s purpose is to help ignite the future of NZ’s food and fibre sector and ensure it remains vibrant and successful for generations to come.
At AGMARDT, we’re not interested in business as usual. Instead, we work at the ‘edges’ and are willing to invest in higher risk initiatives than most other funders where there is potential for transformational outcomes.
Since our establishment, we’ve provided more than $90m of funding through more than 1700 grants.
We do this by strategically investing in three key areas through our annual grants programme:
- Ensuring there is a pipeline of talented individuals ready to take on leadership roles and drive innovation
- Supporting the development of early-stage ideas that we believe have the power to shape the future
- Partnering and collaborating on cross-sector initiatives that set our sector up for future success
As ‘Future Shapers’ – we want to ignite a better future for the food & fibres sector.
AGMARDT strategically invest in initiatives to encourage innovative thinking, research capability and collaboration.
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We are grateful for the assistance the AGMARDT Grant provided. It has allowed Freshco to direct sales and manage our own destinies in each market enabling us to extract more value from the supply chain to the consumer.
John Mangan / Director, Freshco
AGMARDT supports and enables. Projects and people benefit from funding; New Zealand benefits from development of ideas, technologies, approaches and leadership. In particular, the trust facilitates information dissemination: AGMARDT is the catalyst for ripples that spread through the primary sector.
Dr Jacqueline Rowarth /
AGMARDT's support of Texus in the above process tangibly accelerated the development of the above essential activities and testing of market entry strategy, while also exposing Texus management to cutting-edge thought leadership around market shaping and the levers that can be applied to scope and facilitate such shaping.
Nick Davenport / CEO, Texus Fibre Industry Leader Scholarship Winner
The support from AGMARDT has enabled us to gain greater insights into farmer behaviour across all sectors and which will assist accelerated uptake of the livestock exchange and enhance market opportunities for all farmers.
Jason Roebuck / Managing Director, Stock-X Limited