Agriculture, science, food and technology will merge at the annual New Zealand AgriFood Week 2021, scheduled to take place 3-9 May.

The event will be a unique coming together of diverse fields to facilitate future-focused conversations between leading players throughout the entire food value chain.

“New Zealand AgriFood Week celebrates and showcases excellence in agrifood innovation, inspiring the next generation of leaders, producers, scientists, innovators and change-makers by providing the nation and the world with a window to fresh, positive views and discussion on the future of food,” says CEO of the Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), Linda Stewart.

“Held in Manawatū, the week brings together the brightest big thinkers, innovators and thought leaders in agritech and agrifood – all keen to connect, collaborate, and plan for the future of food here in Aotearoa and the world,” she says.

The week’s theme will delve into the scientific, technological and talent solutions that can be applied to the sector to ensure sustainable growth and resilience in a competitive global market of rising consumer awareness and changing trends.

Crown research institute AgResearch is also now confirmed as partner to the event.

“It gives us an excellent opportunity to share how our science is helping transform agriculture so that we produce even better products and returns for New Zealand, while also reducing the impact on the climate and our waterways,” says AgResearch chief executive, Sue Bidrose.