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Post-harvest losses in small-scale fisheries. Case studies in five sub-Saharan African countries










Akande, G.; Diei-Ouadi, Y. Post-harvest losses in small-scale fisheries: case studies in five sub-Saharan African countries. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper. No. 550. Rome, FAO. 2010. 72p.


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