Our agricultural, horticultural and forestry businesses are vital to New Zealand’s economy and in turn the health and wellbeing of our communities. But let’s face it – from climate change, biodiversity loss and water quality to the changing consumer and regulatory landscape – our food and fibres sector face some big challenges.
Our sectors future success relies not just on finding solutions – which Kiwis are adept at – but working together across the industry to accelerate positive and value creation that benefits everyone.
We are here to help.
WHAT WE DO
We were established by the Government in 1987 with funds of $32 million. Since then, we’ve provided more than $90m of funding through more than 1700 grants.
For more than 32 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.
HOW WE DO IT
We strategically target our investments into research, innovation and capability that will accelerate positive change and create value that benefits the whole sector.
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 we see they will have transformational outcomes.
We will fund early stage initiatives to assist through prototyping and proof of concept to the point where they can access larger funders.
Importantly we are committed to catalysing greater industry collaboration and partnership, because a unified and aligned sector with a common understanding of what needs to be done will drive exponential change for food and fibres and a better future for everyone
We invest through a range of grants, scholarships and accelerator loans.
Our application processes are easy and enabling. And we’re trustworthy, passionate and agile so make our decisions quickly.
As ‘Future Shapers’ – we want to ignite a better future for the food & fibres sector.
We have provided more than $90 million of funding so far to support the success of agribusinesses - how can we help you?
Interested in applying for one of our grants or scholarships? You can do it online today.
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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