A meta-review review of 11 World Vision Australia projects focusing on agri-food systems.
These projects had components of: Inclusive Market Systems Development (iMSD)/Value Chain Development; Financial Inclusion; and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE).
The research found that all projects reported improvements in income and productivity, which for the majority, led to a reduction in multi-dimensional poverty, improvements in food security and child well-being.
Quantitative analysis showed that those projects adopting World Vision’s WEE approach (gender inclusive business models + gender transformative programming) had the greatest positive change across WEE domains and child well-being outcomes. This included positive changes across economic advancement, access, agency, and equitable systems or positive shifts in community attitudes to women’s economic participation.