New Zealand AgriFood Week 2019

New Zealand AgriFood Week – driving the discussion of New Zealand as a food producing nation

The world’s population is estimated to hit nine billion by 2050, meaning the world will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as was produced in the past 8,000 years. New Zealand will play a vital role in meeting some of this demand.

NZ AgriFood Week, in association with ASB, takes place in Manawatu from March 11 – 17 and is a week-long primary industry extravaganza that celebrates and showcases New Zealand as a food nation.

Complementary events held throughout the week sit at the intersection of agriculture, food and technology and provide a platform for influential thought leaders from all sectors to meet, build relationships and unite for one conversation about the current state of our primary sector and the future of food. People can pick and choose from the events throughout the week, which culminates with New Zealand’s largest regional agriculture event, Central Districts Field Days.

Headline events include; ASB Perspective 2025, a thought-provoking roundtable discussion between female leaders across the primary industries, AgResearch Future Feeders, a new addition, offering a full-day event featuring leading innovators and entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of food production. The AgTech Hackathon, connecting emerging tech talent and agricultural companies through a two-day hack focused on solving real on-farm problems. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise will host two sessions for businesses wanting to better understand the resources available for exporting and the Ballance Farm Environment Awards Horizons’ Awards Evening will celebrate the region’s leading environmental farmers.

The week’s theme, Food for Who? attempts to raise and rethink questions about who New Zealand’s feeding, who our key markets are, who is progressing with tradition and who is disrupting and evolving.

“When you look at the breadth and calibre of the organisations and speakers involved in New Zealand AgriFood Week, it’s easy to see why New Zealand is a global leader in food production,” says Central Economic Development Agency’s Chief Executive, Linda Stewart.

“The week is about identifying the opportunities, challenges and future trends for food producers. It provides local and central government, producers, growers, researchers and consumers the environment to work together and ensure Manawatu is leading the thinking in product development, innovation and the sustainability of agriculture and food production, for the benefit of New Zealand.”

The Central Economic Development Agency, with expert support from key industry members, sets the strategic direction and manages the partnerships, several events and content for New Zealand AgriFood Week as part of its agriculture sector development.

“Manawatu’s position at the forefront of agrifood is enviable. We are home to more than 2500 scientists, researchers, academics, FoodHQ, the Riddet Institute and Food Pilot, who are all working hard to advance our knowledge and capabilities in agriculture, food production and more. This happens alongside our boutique and large-scale food producers, manufactures and our distribution and logistics hub, which gets all of these products around New Zealand.”

“Our partners recognise that by working together we can unlock greater potential in food development and continue to build the region and New Zealand’s reputation on a global stage.”

From scientists to students, researchers, farmers and food producers, agribusiness and service providers, there is something for everyone at New Zealand AgriFood Week.

Attendees are some of the brightest minds and change-makers working across industries.

“The week is also about talent attraction and increasing tertiary and secondary students’ awareness of the opportunities in the primary industries, but it is a two-way conversation. Our events provide a platform for those starting out in their careers to bring new ideas and approaches to work and discuss them with current leaders and decision makers. It’s this blend of ideas and dialogue that makes New Zealand AgriFood Week so unique.”

Week Overview 

MONDAY – 11 MARCH
Plate of Origin  

TUESDAY – 12 MARCH
New Zealand AgriFood Week: Opening Night (Invite Only)
Plate of Origin  

WEDNESDAY – 13 MARCH
ASB Perspective 2025
AgResearch: Future Feeders
Plate of Origin  

THURSDAY – 14 MARCH
Central Districts Field Days
Plate of Origin
AgTech Hackathon 

FRIDAY – 15 MARCH
Central Districts Field Days 
NZTE – Session One: Exporting to the UK 
NZTE – Session Two: Exporting Overview 
Plate of Origin 
AgTech Hackathon 

SATURDAY – 16 MARCH
Central Districts Field Days
Plate of Origin 
AgTech Hackathon 

SUNDAY– 17 MARCH
Hokowhitu Village Farmers’ Market