Advocacy to Increase Agric Budget
to 5% (Imo, Ebonyi and Abia State),

Our best tool against hunger, poverty
and unemployment is Agriculture.


Strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations and the media as advocates to engage the government in tracking Agric budget expenditure in Imo, Abia, and Ebonyi States is essential for translating commitments from those in positions of power into increased Agric budget outcomes. USAID's Advocacy for Agric budget increase to 5%, a five-year project implemented to PALLADIUM and CARA Development Foundation, is mobilizing communities, media and strengthening civil society organizations to raise public awareness and promote transparency and accountability on Agric budget implementation in the 3 states of intervention. The project’s advocacy and accountability initiatives are propelling changes in Agric budgets increase that affect Imo, Abia and Ebonyi States’ daily lives.

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Lead Organization

CARA Development Foundation

CARA is a non-profit development organization in Imo State founded in 2014, registered with CAC, with vision of a world with informed, healthy and wealthy people and a mission to help women, young people and their communities to take actions to improve their health, create wealth and positively impact their society. CARA has experience in advocacy engagements for VAPP and OGP in Imo State, facilitation of economic development programmes focused on agricultural value chains and agri-businesses. Has experience in cluster participation in addition to safe motherhood/adolescent reproductive health and rights. CARA has capacity in project management across the entire Niger Delta, is skilled in development research and has maintained years of relationship with PIND Foundation and Markets Development in the Niger Delta (MADE) due to competent financial management and programming capacity, partnered with Imo State Action Committee on AIDS for EMTCT interventions, World Health Organization (WHO) on Risk Communication and Community Engagement on COVID-19. CARA facilitates Organizational Development Programmes for other CSOs including Strategic Planning, Advocacy Strategy, Organizational Capacity Assessment, Project Evaluation and training facilitation.

Cluster Members

Vicar Hope Foundation (VHF)

Vicar Hope Foundation (VHF), is a non-governmental organization founded registered in Nigeria as a not-for-profit institution. The Foundation has Special Consultative with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Vicar Hope Foundation is involved in skill acquisition training, women empowerment, gender based violence and sickle cell disease management and counseling. It has headquarters in Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria where it also operates a sickle cell care and diagnostics centre.


Neighborhood Initiative for Women Advancement (NIWA)

NIWA is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization which believes: That the greatest resource with and around us is not harnessed adequately That we lose sight of the fact that this great resource can bring poverty to a halt. NIWA is an initiative towards women and young peoples’ empowerment and emancipation. It was established in 1996 as an effort towards addressing the socio-economic and political problems, harmful cultural and traditional practices against women, the girl-child and young people, poverty and disease in our community. NIWA is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act as a charitable organization limited by guarantee


Community Youth and Development Initiative (CYDI)

Community Youth and Development Initiative is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Owerri, Imo State.


CAD Consulting

A leading ICT firm established on 15th October 2004 with over fifteen years of leadership in software development, business support services and Technology Solutions for Agriculture. We nurture MSMEs to attain their full potentials and maintain long term relationship with various stakeholders in the business ecosystem. Our passion revolves around Agric-Business Process Automation with ICT, Business Linkages, and Farm Technologies. We provide software development services, access to competence, access to market and access to finance with robust Business Support Service for MSMEs all over the world. CAD is an implementing agency CBN-South-South enterprise development center– CBN (2013-2017) engages in Enterprise solution development (September 2004 to date, CBI- NIRSAL MFB enterprise development institute (EDI) (master EDI) – NIRSAL MFB (June 2020 to date)), Linkage facilitator– PIND (June 2015 to date), Niger Delta youth employment pathways project (NDYEP) (June 2020) and Business Model Consultant to MADE in June 2019.