New Zealand’s rural sector is changing rapidly, so it’s important to know how agribusinesses can stay front and centre on the world stage.

Let’s face it – from changing consumer demands and an aging demographic, to rising compliance requirements and costs, and challenges in accessing capital – Kiwis are adept at finding new solutions to new circumstances.

But New Zealand’s primary industries need to do more than just keep up with change – they need to lead the change by understanding our customers, encouraging innovative ideas, fostering research and developing the capability of our emerging leaders to ensure they remain relevant and future-focused.

Ultimately, we’re about helping our food and fibre growers meet the challenges of tomorrow.

That’s why we exist.


We were established by the Government in 1987 with funds of $32 million from the wind-up of the British, Christmas Island and New Zealand Phosphate Commissions. Since then, we’ve provided more than $87m of funding through more than 1500 grants.

For more than 30 years, AGMARDT has been funding individuals and businesses to innovate, lead, and exploit opportunities, so New Zealand’s diverse agricultural sectors continue to grow.

We’re an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a track record of making targeted investments that make a positive contribution to the agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries.

AGMARDT’s trustees come from varying backgrounds and skills and through this diversity we’ve developed networks that are second-to-none. So, if we can’t help bring your idea to life, we can find someone who can. We believe in a collaborative approach to problem-solving and understand that making the right connections is what makes things happen.


This year alone, we plan to invest around $4m accelerating value creation for our food and fibre growers.

Innovative, trust-worthy, enabling, energised and flexible – that’s us. And we’re helping to shape the future of New Zealand primary sector.