It’s focused on the big picture, through funding Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Aotearoa Circle’s initiative to develop a national food roadmap, one that has brought together public and private sector leaders and engaged with a wide range of stakeholders and community groups. The key output is the Mana Kai framework which identifies actions to initiate food system transformation.
It’s connecting the right people and inspiring them through thought leadership, by sponsoring E Tipu: The BOMA Agri Summit 2022, a gathering of more than 750 attendees from 242 organisations, all who are passionate about shaping the future of the sector.
It’s capability building, by funding Nuffield and Kellogg Scholarships through the Rural Leadership Trust; and by awarding 12 AGMARDT Leadership Scholarships during the year to individuals across the value chain and industries.
It’s about helping to attract, develop and retain talent, through three critical partnerships. Growing Future Farmers, an employer-led group; Agribusiness in Schools; and the development of the Generation Change Programme through Agri Women’s Development Trust. Each of these organisations is dedicated to attracting, educating and equipping young people who are interested in learning about and working in the food and fibres sector.
And it’s technology and innovation-focused, through our partnership with Sprout Agritech, which supports capability building and the path to commercialisation.
In every partnership, every collaborative relationship, AGMARDT is focused on the long term, playing a key role in bringing people together to plan and act on what’s most important.