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.
WHAT WE DO
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.
HOW WE DO IT
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.
As ‘Future Shapers’ – we’re about helping the NZ agribusiness sectors meet the challenges of tomorrow
In a bid to help grow New Zealand’s agricultural sector, we’ve provided more than $87m worth of funding to date – find out how we might be able to support you or your business.
Interested in applying for one of our grants or scholarships? You can do it online today.
With more than 1500 grants awarded to date, we’ve got some great stories to share with you.
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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