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United Nations Decade of Family Farming Global Consultation

Family Farmers and small‐scale producers’ challenges in the context of COVID‐19









FAO. 2023. United Nations Decade of Family Farming Global Consultation – Family farmers' and small-scale producers' challenges in the context of COVID-19. Rome.



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