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.


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.