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Terminal evaluation of the project "Disposal of persistent organic pollutants and obsolete pesticides and implementation of sound pesticides management in Benin

GCP/BEN/056/GFF - GEF ID: 4756












Annex 1. Risks from pesticides and persistent organic pollutants and sustainable management challenges

Annex 2. List of good practices and knowledge applied or generated by the project

Annex 3. In-house project documents

Annex 4. Project evaluation matrix


FAO. 2021. Terminal evaluation of the project "Disposal of persistent organic pollutants and obsolete pesticides and implementation of sound pesticides management in Benin". Project Evaluation Series, 12/2021. Rome.



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