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Mapping women’s small-scale fisheries organizations in Sierra Leone

Results from assessing current capacities, gaps and opportunities to strengthen women´s organizations in the sector









Smith, H. 2022. Mapping Women´s Small-Scale Fisheries Organizations in Sierra Leone: Results from assessing current capacities, gaps and opportunities to strengthen women´s organizations in the sector. Rome, FAO.




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