The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust, AGMARDT, invests millions each year aimed at exploring market opportunities, encouraging innovative ideas and developing future leaders within the agribusiness sectors.

AGMARDT is an independent charitable Trust set up by the Government in 1987 with initial funding of $32m from the wind up of the British, Christmas Island and New Zealand Phosphate Commissions. Now with a fund of approximately $90m we invest around $4m annually back into the Agribusiness sector. Over $70m has already been reinvested since inception.

AGMARDT has a proven track record of making targeted investments that aim to make a positive contribution to the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors by:

  • Supporting business and industry groups to gain a deeper understanding of their markets and identify and exploit potential opportunities, as well as providing funding assistance to industry groups and businesses for international keynote speakers and experts to come to New Zealand and speak at conferences and forums.
  • Encouraging and supporting industry sectors and businesses to develop and implement innovative solutions to assist with transformational change within agribusiness value chains.
  • Building research capabilities within New Zealand science community in new and expanding areas of research.
  • Supporting initiatives that develop future leaders and improve the leadership and governance skills of individuals involved in agribusiness.

With a vision “to catalyse and enable compelling innovation and leadership”, it is imperative that we have capable and talented people to take the industry forward to meet the challenges of tomorrows markets successfully. AGMARDT look forward to engaging with you in the future as you shape opportunities in markets, explore areas of business and build capacity in your organisation for more information please :

Malcolm Nitschke
General Manager, AGMARDT
T: +64 6 323 8766