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Natural resource-driven fragility

Mapping global vulnerability









Voulvoulis, N., Freeman, A., Cooper, P., McClure, K., Salman, M., Giusti, S. & Pek, E. 2024. Natural resource-driven fragility  Mapping global vulnerability. Rome, FAO.




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